Carlos Pena will never kick a ball again so Rangers should just rip his contract up.

The Mexican arrived to much fanfare but was disappointing in his handful of appearances.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Carlos Alberto Pena of Rangers celebrates after he scores the opening goal of the game during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Poor fitness limited him to just 14 games for the Gers before practically vanishing once Graeme Murty was handed control.

Two botched loan spells in Mexico later and Pena is officially a Rangers player again.

Off-field issues haven’t helped matters and there aren’t a queue of clubs after his signature – even at a reduced rate.

9th September 2017, Ibrox Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Rangers versus Dundee; Rangers Carlos Alberto Pena scores for 3-0

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The longer he sits on the sidelines the lower and lower any potential return gets and it’s unlikely the Gers will see a penny back for him.

So it doesn’t really make sense why he is still employed by the club.

Yes, it will cost a few quid to rip his deal up but even if it means coming to an agreement to pay the whole thing in full it is time to get rid.

 

Whether someone else picks him up after that is up to them.

The longer it remains a Rangers problem, the longer there is a lingering aftertaste from Pedro Caixinha’s reign.

The most galling thing about it all is that there were signs that Pena is a good player.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Carlos Alberto Pena of Rangers scores the opening goal of the game during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Five goals in 14 games – despite looking like he’d rarely exercised in his life – is a decent return.

There were clever runs and some incisive passing but they were infrequent.

With better application then he could’ve done well at Ibrox but it didn’t go that way.

Instead, Rangers should just take the hit and move him on – even if it means paying him up in full.

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