Rangers 27-year-old to jet out after agreeing terms with top-flight club - reliable journalist
Rangers star Carlos Pena has agreed terms to sign a contract with Mexican top-flight club Cruz Azul in order to secure his move away from Ibrox, according to a reliable journalist.
ESPN Deportes reporter Elizabeth Patiño has claimed on her personal Twitter account that Pena has agreed a move to re-join former Gers boss Pedro Caixinha and adds that the midfielder is due to jet out to Mexico City to put the finishing touches to his move back to Central America.
— Elizabeth Patiño (@Eli_Pato) January 4, 2018
The Mexican midfielder joined Rangers in the summer from Chivas Guadalajara for £2.2million but has struggled to make an impact in Scotland.
The 27-year-old has scored five times in 14 appearances for the Ibrox side but hasn’t been able to force his way into a regular starting place and saw veteran Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar preferred to him in the recent Old Firm clash with Celtic.
Pena is believed to be heading to Cruz Azul on loan for the remainder of the Mexican season with a view to a permanent deal.
Football Insider verdict
Pena returning to Mexico will come as a surprise to absolutely nobody. The 27-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance in his time with the Gers but simply hasn’t been anywhere near consistent enough to justify the £2.2million fee and sizeable wages the Mexican international is earning in Glasgow. If Pena can go back to Liga MX and find his best form, it should stand Rangers in good stead to get the bulk of their outlay back on the midfielder. The most annoying bit of it all is that it’s clear Pena isn’t a bad footballer but he certainly doesn’t appear suited to the rough and tumble of Scottish football.
In other Rangers news, a defender has agreed terms for a temporary ibrox exit.