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Rangers cancel contract of Mexican midfielder

Rangers have officially terminated the contract of Mexican midfielder Carlos Peña, despite paying £2.2 million for the player whom they bought from Guadalajara.

The 26-year old Mexican international was signed by former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha in June 2017, but struggled to cope with the pace and physicality of the Scottish game. He made just 14 appearances for Rangers in all competitions, scoring 5 times, before he was sent on loan back to Mexico, first to Cruz Ahul, now managed by Caixinha, and then Necaxa.

However, those loan spells were blighted by disciplinary problems, reportedly alcohol-related and were cut short, but although the player spent some time in rehab, a number of issues remained, and the player never returned to Scotland again to re-join his Rangers team mates.

Rangers released a terse statement stating “’We can confirm that Carlos Pena is no longer a Rangers player. His contract has been terminated. We wish him the best for his future.’

The player meanwhile has been linked with a move to GKS Tychy in the Polish second division.

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