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Carlos Pena's Rangers return is perfectly timed, even though he can't play

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,...

Carlos Pena is heading back to Glasgow Rangers.

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,...

Carlos Pena is heading back to Glasgow Rangers after his spell on loan at Mexican club Necaxa was cut short, the Daily Record report.

Pena was signed by former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha and sent out on a year long loan in January after a series of inconsistent performances.

 

Pena is ineligible to play for Rangers until January, but the timing of his return can still be worked into a positive.

The Gers were not expecting him back until the new year in any case.

This way Rangers are not being pressed into an early transfer decision.

Pena flattered to deceive during his time at Ibrox and he did not exactly boost his reputation while out on loan.

Still, he did show in moments that he can be a dangerous player, notably scoring in an away victory over Aberdeen.

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.

He has not worked alongside new manager Steven Gerrard so far, and he can benefit from the next two months being back in Glasgow.

If Gerrard is impressed by Pena's attitude, then he can try and prepare the midfielder for a role in January.

Whether Pena can last as a Rangers player another matter, but he could provide a brief boost and fill in when there are injuries and loss of form in the new year.

Pena working hard behind the scenes can add competition in training which can benefit his teammates.

If they do decide to sell in January, then at least Gerrard will have been able to get a substantial look, rather than rushing into a decision.

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,...

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