Tychy director explains why Rangers flop Carlos Pena still hasn't played

Rangers vies with Oliver manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership giants Rangers surprised no one when they terminated Carlos Pena's contract in February.

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 would have been hoping for a bright start to life in Poland after his ill-fated spell at Rangers came to an overdue end recently.

The Gers terminated the contract of a player they once paid £2.2 million for in February, according to The Mail, with a series of well-documented off the field issues and a pair of disastrous loan spells ruining his reputation.

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Pena then joined Polish second tier outfit GKS Tychy in March, a surprise career move for a player who was once a key part of the Mexican international team. But life at his new club hasn’t exactly gone to plan so far.

 

Pena hasn’t featured in any of Tychy’s games in the last two months. And the club’s sporting director, Krzysztof Trzosek, has now explained why.

"On March 16, we started the procedures for a work permit and registration of Carlos with the Polish Football Association. We provided the necessary documents by the end of that month,” he told the Scottish Sun.

"Unfortunately, we did not receive Carlos' certificate from the Mexican Football Association. I would like to emphasise that the day after signing the contract, we applied for this document.

Carlos Pena of Guadalajara celebrates after scoring during their Mexican Clausura 2016 tournament football match against Dorados at Chivas stadium on May 1, 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

"If it were not for formalities, he would probably have made his debut in April.”

Trzosek adds that Pena has impressed with his attitude since moving to Eastern Europe while losing seven kilograms as he looks to get up to speed ahead of his return to first-team action at the start of next season.

Even the most hard-nosed Rangers fan must be wishing Pena well after a miserable two years.

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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