Steven Gerrard comments on Rangers terminating Carlos Pena's contract

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the rearranged Scottish Cup match between Cowdenbeath and Rangers at Central Park on January 30, 2019 in Cowdenbeath, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers announced that Carlos Pena has left Ibrox.

Carlos Pena of Rangers is challenged by Scott Brown of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard has told Rangers' official YouTube channel that he was not the person who decided to terminate Carlos Pena's contract, but insisted that he respects the decision.

Pena's time with the Gers is officially over. The club confirmed in a short statement on their website that the Mexican is no longer a Rangers player after his contract was torn up.

 

And when asked about the midfielder's departure on Tuesday, Gerrard confirmed that the decision to let Pena leave was not made by himself, but showed no sign of being disagreeing with the club's stance.

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"This decision's been made above me by the board," he told the club's YouTube channel.

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers arrives prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

"Certain things happen at a club that are above a manager's head, and the decision's been made by Dave King and the board and I respect it and we move on."

Pena's exit has probably caught no Rangers fans by surprise. He had not played for the Gers since 2017, and he had barely managed to force his way into the first-team picture on a regular basis before that anyway.

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.

So it must be beneficial for Rangers to be able to draw a line under the situation. Moving Pena off the books not only brings an end to any discussion surrounding the 28-year-old, but also frees up some wages which may help Gerrard at some stage further down the line.

And with Rangers boasting a large number of exciting midfielders, it seems incredibly unlikely that Gerrard's men will find themselves in a situation where they will rue the club's decision to let Pena go in future.

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