'Ripped it up' - Boyd hails Celtic signing, claims he is exact opposite of Rangers flop
By Harry Sykes
Kris Boyd has hailed Scott Sinclair as a brilliant Celtic signing who is the polar opposite of Rangers flop Carlos Pena.
Boyd compared Celtic’s headline arrival of last summer with their Old Firm rivals’ 2017 big-money capture in his weekly Scottish Sun column.
The ex-Rangers striker, who is now at Kilmarnock, is perplexed that £2million man Pena has been restricted to just a single 25-minute substitute appearance despite not being classified by Pedro Caixinha as injured.
By contrast, Sinclair was named the Scottish player of the year for his exploits in his debut campaign after joining from Aston Villa for a fee of around £3million.
“It’s just a bizarre situation for a player Rangers brought to the club as one of their big summer signings,” Boyd wrote of Pena in the Scottish Sun.
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“He is their equivalent of Scott Sinclair at Celtic. The Englishman came to Celtic Park on similar money and has ripped it up.
“He’s proved to be superb value — the complete opposite, so far, of Pena.
“But it’s maybe another example of how we don’t treat our own players in this country with enough respect.
“Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack have come into the club and immediately given it everything they’ve got.
“But I would bet Pena is on far bigger wages than those two.
“Put it this way, towards the end of his tenure at Rangers Mark Warburton was crucified for his recruitment.
“The former gaffer was given a hard time for the signings he made. But you could argue that the Rangers squad isn’t any better off now than it was when Warburton was in charge.”
Pena is one of 10 new players signed by Rangers this summer, with the latest being the capture of winger Aaron Nemane on loan from Manchester City.
The two to have made the biggest impact so far are Portugese defender Bruno Alves and Scottish central midfielder Dorrans.
Indeed, Alves is in such fine form that he has been named in Portugal’s squad for their World Cup double header against Faroe Islands and Hungary.
However, question marks have already been raised about the ability of the others, many of whom are known to Caixinha from either his native Portugal or his managing days in Mexico, to make an impact in Scotland.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has destroyed a 26-year-old player on the Ibrox books.