Eagle-eyed Rangers fans will have spotted something very odd on the official site recently – as we know the extremely troubled Carlos Pena has gone back out on loan to Mexican Premier League side Necaxa, but the curious oddity of this deal is Rangers are not the one doing the loan.
As fans will be aware, Pena had a truly appalling loan spell out at fellow Mexican cracks Azul Cruz, including being booed and getting a dreadful injury.
It is safe to say the lad has problems both on and off the pitch and we do dearly hope he gets the support he evidently needs to sort his life out.
However the enigma of this latest deal is the loan is a sub-loan – Necaxa have loaned the player from Azul Cruz, not Rangers – Rangers are still ultimately his parent club, but the board had nothing to do with the loan deal to Necaxa other than consenting to it – the transaction was between Azul and his new temporary club.
Ultimately we do feel Pena is a sad story that won’t end well for the creative playmaker – who knows if his problems began at Ibrox, or if he was previously troubled in Mexico. Pena claims his old manager Pedro Caixinha knew of them, but then we’ve heard a lot of stories, claims and counter claims thanks to being lost in translation so your guess is as good as ours.
But hopefully whether in football or not, Pena gets the help he needs – we just can’t see him ever playing for Rangers again.