In June 2017, Glasgow Rangers were persuaded to sign Carlos Pena, a Mexico international midfielder by ex-manager Pedro Caixinha.
The Gers announced the signing of the versatile player on a three-year contract for a fee of £2.2m.
After concerns over Pena’s fitness, the attacking midfielder scored his first Rangers goal in a 4–1 win over Dundee on 9 September.
It looked at first glance that Rangers were signing a star player who would run riot in the average Scottish Premier League, and score loads of goals.
In fact he only scored four goals during his 12 performances for Rangers. He looked a little heavy, slow and lazy during those games, and the fans rated the phony attacker a disaster.
Now it turns out that the 28-year-old Mexican has 18 months left on his current contract with the Teddy Bears, and he is still one of the club’s higher earners.
Pena has participated in 10 games of his loan deal with Cruz Azul and never scored a goal during that period.
Then he played three games on-loan for Necaxa without scoring a goal. The result? A real worry for what Rangers can do with his lack of scoring power and overall ability.
Steven Gerrard is keen to get the player off the wage bill, whether it is on a loan or permanent deal, but who would be interested?
Personally, I would offer him to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic on a free transfer, as they are short of attackers at the moment.
Turkish outlet 24 SaaFutbol have claimed that three Turkish Super Lig sides have shown an interest in signing Mexican international.
If they think signing Pena will help their teams to improve their league positions, they only have to look at his non-scoring record.
The report claims that Rizespor, BB Erzurumspor and Alanyaspor have all made contact with Pena about his availability from January onwards.
Rangers would be wise to let him go to anybody who will take him.