It seems weird to think that there was once a time when Carlos Pena was once an exciting new player at Rangers.
The Mexican midfielder joined the Glaswegian side for a reported fee of £2 million in the summer of 2017 to much excitement from Rangers fans, and not even two years after his move to Scotland, Pena has had his contract terminated by the club after a disastrous spell.
Signed from Chivas Guadalajara alongside fellow countryman Eduardo Herrera, Pena was part of a major summer signing spree as the club aimed to bulk up the quality in the team to challenge Celtic in the Scottish Premiership, and things looked promising from the offset.
Three goals in his first eight Premiership games as a Rangers player gave fans hope that the club had signed a hidden gem and that Pena would be able to keep up this decent goalscoring form for the majority of his first season in Europe, and although the midfielder as able to add another to his league tally as well as score in the Scottish League Cup, this would be the Mexican’s only contributions in Scotland.
In the January transfer, Pena returned to Mexico to join Cruz Azul on-loan for the Clausura period of the Liga MX season, but that too didn’t turn out well for the midfielder, with the club sacking the former Chivas man for performances so poor that he was booed by his own fans and for urinating in a fountain whilst intoxicated outside the team hotel.
When he returned to Scotland, Pena was sent out on loan again back to Mexico, this time to Club Necaxa where again he failed to impress, and after coming back to Rangers in the winter window, Steven Gerrard released the midfielder in February of this year.
Pena now finds himself in Poland, playing for second-tier side GKS Tychy, and despite his previous reputation as a Mexican international, the midfielder is yet to play a game for the Fortuna I Liga team.
The midfielder will go down as one of the worst signings in Rangers history, and a player who is unlikely to win back his former reputation in the past anytime soon.
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