PEDRO Caixinha admits Carlos Pena’s first goal for Rangers was an important moment for both the player and the club.
The Gers boss has introduced the Mexican to British football slowly since his summer arrival from Liga MX side Guadalajara. Pena scored the Light Blues third goal of their 4-1 win over Dundee.
Caixinha says it will act as a huge confidence boost to the midfielder as will Josh Windass’ second half header which got him off the mark Premiership after a season with the club.
Speaking to RangersTV the manager said:
“As important as it was for Josh Windass to score it was also the first goal from Carlos Pena.
“Josh was already here he is a British player and he knows about the game here, Carlos is just learning.
“It was very important for them in the same way it was important for Herrera. Today we hoped we could give him the minutes as he deserves and we managed that.
“When you make some subs and they come on and play well and even score some goals some might say that everything was perfect.
“We read the game and make decisions according to what is happening. We needed someone to explore the wide left not only can Josh do that but also for his passing and skill down the left hand side.
“Rorie Deacon was their main target player but he was no longer on the pitch which led us to getting more associations on that side and us having less imbalance with the right and the left.”
There was no room for deadline day arrival Declan John in Caixinha’s match day squad, with the Cardiff City loanee still needing time to get up to speed but Aaron Nemane made his Rangers debut.
Caixinha continued: “We also tried to give some minutes to Aaron Nemane because it was his first time in the squad.
“The game was done and it was important for him to feel what it really means to play here under these conditions and not place him under the same conditions when we need to go and look for the result. So it was sort of a welcome to the conditions.
“All the boys are doing great and we are very happy with the squad and we are happy with the cover for the positions.
“We are happy with the options that we have which adds competitiveness. That leads to hard decisions for me because when they work hard I need to leave people out and it is not easy to leave people out when they are really hard workers.”