The former Kilmarnock defender, who spent two years at Rangers himself, faced Pena on his unofficial Gers debut in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
The 28-year-old struggled against Killie that day and the rest of his career at Ibrox wasn't much better, only netting five goals in 14 appearances for the Glasgow giants following a £2.7 million transfer [The Daily Star] under Pedro Caixinha.
Rangers terminated the Mexico international's contract today [BBC Sport], and Smith reveals that the playmaker was struggling to complete six-yard passes that afternoon.
"I saw enough. The first time I saw him we went up to play Rangers in a closed-doors game in pre-season," he told the light Blues' podcast on The Daily Record.
“It was his first game, it was pre-season, you are trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. You’re thinking, he’s a Mexican internationalist, he must have something, he must be good at something.
"But the more I watched him, the less I saw. Usually with Mexicans, they are technically good – they can pass the ball. But he was struggling to make six-yard passes. The goals he went on to score just papered over the cracks. He was a poor signing and Rangers have done well to get rid of him."
It's about time that the Scottish side offloaded him. Pena, according to Vanguardia, was earning £20,000 per week in Glasgow and, considering his contract wasn't supposed to expire until June 2020, that was £1.4 million in wages that he still would've earned.
Getting shot is the right move and removing him from the wage bill should make some space for Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen this summer.
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