Rangers failure Carlos Pena has been branded “world-class” by his new club as he breaks El Salvadorian hearts just weeks after guiding local club FAS to the league title.
Club captain Pena, 31, was in inspired form to fire the side to title glory but now moves to Guatemala with Antigua GFC who lavished praise on the midfielder, describing him as “world-class”.
¡Antigua GFC hace oficial la llegada de su nuevo jugador de clase mundial, Carlos “El Gullit” Peña!
Gracias por la confianza hacia esta institución.
— Antigua GFC (@soyantiguagfc) June 10, 2021
“Antigua GFC makes official the arrival of its new world-class player, Carlos “El Gullit” Peña!” reads the tweet announcing the move.
“Thank you for your trust in this institution. Together for the 5th star green bellies.”
Pena’s career has taken something of an unorthodox direction ever since joining Rangers with the collapse of his ill-fated £2.2m move the stuff of infamy at Ibrox.
Reportedly also taking on a £25k per week contract, Pena’s time at Ibrox has become the symbol of Pedro Caixinha’s expensive failure in Glasgow.
Coming to Scotland with a solid reputation on the park, Carlos had notorious off-field issues which impacted his Rangers career and since falling out of the side Antigua GFC will be his seventh club.
Whilst still on the books at Ibrox, Pena was farmed out on loan to Cruz Azul and Nexaca in Mexico before being released in 2019 and signing on with GKS Tychy.
Pena wouldn’t play a single game for the Polish club before his release and had a series of failed spells in Mexico with Correcaminos and Atletico Veracruzano.
Carlos ripped up his contract at the latter in 2020 after they failed to pay his salary in the breakaway Liga del Balompie Mexicano.
Pena’s time at FAS has been his most successful since leaving Ibrox – the midfielder scored four goals on the way to the title – but he’s already jumped ship from El Salvador.
Whilst there may have been some redemption for Pena personally following his title success, it will do little to temper the frustrations of Rangers supporters.