Carlos Pena links up with former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha in Mexico

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Rangers have confirmed the departure of Carlos Pena on a year-long loan deal.

The Mexico midfielder will team up with former Gers manager Pedro Caixinha at Cruz Azul just six months after arriving in Scotland.

Pena struggled to acclimatise to the Ladbrokes Premiership, making just 14 appearances since he was signed by Caixinha in the summer, during which period he scored five times, but has now been moved on by Ibrox boss Graeme Murty.

A statement on the Rangers website said: “Rangers can today confirm the departure of Carlos Pena to Mexican outfit Cruz Azul on an year-long loan deal.

“The 27-year-old departs until next January having netted five goals in 14 games for the Light Blues.

“Rangers would like to thank Carlos for his services to date and wish him the best at his new club.”

The club has already made moves to strengthen in the middle of the park in the January window, adding Sean Goss and Jamie Murphy, while they have recalled Michael O’Halloran and Andy Halliday from loan spells.

Jordan Thompson has departed on loan to Livingston until the end of the season, but Rangers have been linked with a move for former Hibernian striker Jason Cummings, who is currently at Nottingham Forest.

While his signing will be regarded by many as a failure, Pena talked up his achievements in Scotland.

He told a press conference at his unveiling: “I played 12 games, which I would say was 10 because in the last two I played only 10 minutes, I scored five goals, I think the numbers are reflected.

“The reason I come to Cruz Azul is the history, the prestige and the great opportunity that they are giving me.

“I come to make things right, I come with the confidence that I’m doing good football here.

“I have matured in many aspects, I am very good in my football and personal career, I come to do things very well here, I hope to achieve many successes here.

“I’m used to being criticised, I enjoy what I do is play soccer, I come to do things well, I come to give 100 per cent. I come to achieve many successes in this club.”

Cruz Azul’s general manager Eduardo de la Torre confirmed Pena’s loan agreement included a clause which could eventually see the move made permanent.

He said: “Carlos comes for a year on loan, we take the reference of his conditions that he had in Rangers and we do have a (purchase) option to finish this year.”

Meanwhile, Rangers have confirmed former players Kevin Thomson and Gregory Vignal have rejoined the club to work in Gers’ academy set-up.

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