'He was terrible' - Stewart slams Rangers 27-year-old after display v Celtic
By Abigail Withey
Former Hearts and Hibernian midfielder Michael Stewart has criticised Rangers playmaker Carlos Pena after his performance during the first Old Firm clash against of the season on Saturday.
Rangers suffered a 2-0 defeat at Ibrox to Premiership leaders Celtic after second-half goals from Tom Rogic and the controversial Leigh Griffiths.
Gers midfielder Pena, 27, has a less than impressive performance during the Glasgow derby which resulted in centre-forward Kenny Miller replacing him just eight minutes into the second half.
Stewart was quick to slam the summer signing and believes that he didn’t contribute to the game despite featuring in the starting line-up.
“The Mexican was all over the place. He was yards short of the Celtic midfielders, who were quicker and sharper,” Michael Stewart explained in his column for the Scottish Sun.
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“Pena was like a man down. He basically contributed nothing and for £2.5m, that is nowhere near good enough.
“The midfielder looks unfit but, if he was a midfield magician, Rangers could get away with playing him. If he was opening defences up all the time, you could overlook his physical issues.
“Yet Pena didn’t ever look capable of hurting Celtic. He was terrible.”
Pena joined the Light Blues at the beginning of the summer transfer window from Guadalajara Chivas and penned a three-year-contract with the club which sees him tied down until 2020.
The midfielder has featured in five of Rangers’ Premiership games so far this season but was on the bench during his side’s fixtures against Motherwell and Hearts as he tried to build up his fitness levels.
The Mexican international secured his debut goal for the Glaswegian club against Dundee at the beginning of September during their 4-1 victory over Neil McCann’s side.
In other Rangers news, Scott Brown has taken a big swipe at Pedro Caixinha after the Old Firm derby.