Steven Gerrard has indirectly suggested he couldn’t care less about Carlos Pena or his future, and hasn’t a clue nor interest about what that is set to be.
Speaking at his pre-Killie presser, the Rangers manager shrugged his shoulders with a lot of ‘don’t knows’ when pressed on Pena’s future and the only concrete thing he furnished the air with was that Pena will not be returning to training nor does he have an ounce of a future with Rangers’ manager.
The Mexican is struggling in his homeland with alcohol addiction, and it is certainly well-documented that he does have problems with alcohol – not least by the player himself:
“I’ve still not recovered 100 per cent, which is why I am following my rehabilitation treatment to the letter. I still have a person who takes care of me. But I don’t want my case to be demonised because the illness of alcoholism is a problem which affects many people in all aspects of life. I am not scared to say ‘I was an alcoholic’ because it happens in life. I am very calm about it. I don’t regret anything I have done and I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. Everything I’ve done is because I’ve wanted to do it. Nobody forced me to do anything. When I wanted to play football, it was because of me. When I wanted to drink a beer, it was for me. When I wanted to have a child, it was the same. I had a problem with alcoholism and that’s why I got involved with Chavez’s clinic, which was very good. If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone. It’s not difficult to change if you want to change. I want to continue playing football, I am only 28 and I want another chance. Whether that is with Rangers or in Turkey or Poland I don’t know. I have until January 31 to make my mind up. I only want the best club for me and I will take my time to decide my next career move. What’s important to me are my family and friends. People who I really considered to be friends and my family have all stuck by me. Others have disappeared, but I knew I had people surrounding me who would not be with me in the difficult times because they were only interested in fame and money.”
Just like Paul Gascoigne Pena is mentally ill with serious alcoholism, but unlike Gazza has been unable to deliver on the pitch and that cut the England legend more slack than it perhaps should have. In Pena’s case we are unclear on the level of support he is receiving from the club, but if Stevie’s testimony is anything to go by, probably not much.
It’s not an ideal situation for anyone – Rangers wasted £3M on Pena, Pena needs help, and Gerrard has a squad player that’s of no use to him.
Nevertheless, we hope this can be resolved soon and Pena taken off the payroll – because evidently he has zero chance of ever getting a reprieve at Ibrox.