Rangers fans can now look back at Mexican international Carlos Pena as being the poster boy of the failed and excruciating Pedro Caixinha era in Glasgow.
No-one sums up the gargantuan waste of time and investment at Ibrox than the powerful midfielder who – despite early promise – failed to deliver on the reported £2.2m fee spent.
Not to mention the reported £25k per week wages; and whilst there may be others who cost us more in the long run, it was the timing of all this which makes Pena stand out.
Whilst it’s perhaps unfair to take much of the frustration of this era out on Pena – the blame most squarely lies with an out of his depth Caixinha and those who appointed him – you can’t help but feel there was something of a mockery made of the club during his spell there.
A player with well-documented off-field problems granted – something which makes his presence in Scotland even more mindboggling – Pena downed tools and was moved back to Mexico before the ink had barely dried on his overinflated contract.
What has proceeded in his career is a series of failed transfer bids and shots at redemption which have taken him through his home country to Poland’s second tier.
In 2020 he left Atletico Veracruzano after they failed to pay his salary in the breakaway Liga del Balompie Mexicano.
At all times it really felt like those taking the chance on him where the mugs; an expensive player for whom there was more trouble than there ever was reward.
But now – at he enters his early 30s – Pena may well have finally found his place as he inspires Salvadorian club FAS to a first title in 12 years.
Carlos Peña (@G27Gullit) está feliz
“El FAS me devolvió la sonrisa” pic.twitter.com/sScTlHRMi6
— Julio Saucedo (@JULIO_SAUCEDO) May 31, 2021
Pena, 31, captains the side and was in inspired form to score four goals from midfield and fire the club to the title.
But his latest redemption – however much it is encouraging to see his recovery – will offer little sentiment to Gers fans as they’re reminded of what could’ve been with the midfielder.
Speaking of Pedro Caixinha, here’s how Gers fans reacted to the news that Celtic are almost certainly set to line up their very own version of the Portuguese boss.