Rangers are closing in on a deal for Chivas Guadalajara star Carlos Pena, according to the midfielder’s manager.

The intelligent playmaker is believed to be on his way to Scotland this summer after quotes from Chivas coach Matias Almeyda emerged confirming a deal had been agreed.

I think it’s almost closed,” Almeyda told Mexican news outlet Claro.

“Pena is going to be sold to Scottish football and hopefully can have the experience of playing in another league and in another country. It will help him a lot to grow as a player and as a person.”

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has set his sights on revitalising the playing squad at Ibrox this summer after a disappointing third placed finish in the league last season.

The Glasgow outfit will also have the added issue of Europa League football next season, making it even more essential that the Portuguese coach adds depth and quality to his outfit.

Interestingly, Almeyda went on to give reassurances about Pena’s playing ability – perhaps a sign that the player needed special recommendations to secure a work permit in the UK.

“I have given a letter a few days ago recommending him, that he can succeed in that football,” Almeyda continued.

Rangers will be desperately looking to close the gap on rivals Celtic, who claimed the treble in an undefeated season, and will be keen to address a woeful recent Old Firm record in recent times.

To do that, Caixinha will have to bring in quality from all over the world – and with Pena, the manager is getting a highly experienced international midfielder who should be able to offer further improvement to the team.


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