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Carlos Pena headed for Scotland on Thursday night with a vow to repay Pedro Caixinha’s faith if his switch to Rangers is finalised.

The Ibrox club landed former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack on a three-year contract to follow the acquisition of Bruno Alves on Tuesday.

Now their pursuit of Mexican midfielder Pena is entering its final stage as Caixinha further steps up a summer recruitment drive.

Carlos Pena looks set to sign for Rangers after jetting in on Thursday night

Carlos Pena looks set to sign for Rangers after jetting in on Thursday night

Carlos Pena looks set to sign for Rangers after jetting in on Thursday night

The 27-year-old flew out from Mexico City International Airport to travel to Glasgow, where a medical will be combined with discussions over a contract until 2020.

Pena is then expected to return home to await the outcome of a work permit appeal on which his transfer hinges.

Having attracted headlines in Mexico for off-field incidents, the Chivas player believes moving to Rangers would help recapture the form that took him to the 2014 World Cup.

‘I hope to speak on the pitch,’ Pena told reporters before leaving Mexico. ‘It is my dream to go to Europe and I hope everything will go all right.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is wanting to strengthen in every area of his side

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is wanting to strengthen in every area of his side

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is wanting to strengthen in every area of his side

‘My aim is to get back to my former level of playing and to get along with the coach Caixinha and with all the supporters over there.

‘My representative and I were looking for this but it was Caixinha who made it possible.’

While Pena hopes to gain the necessary clearance to finalise his switch, Jack has already put pen to paper.

He was stripped of the Aberdeen captaincy in the build-up to the Scottish Cup final after confirming he would leave Pittodrie when his contract expired.

Although the 25-year-old had been linked with Rangers since April, Dons manager Derek McInnes said he didn’t know Jack’s intended destination.

The midfielder spoke of his gratitude towards McInnes but insisted he felt he couldn’t resist a switch to Ibrox.

‘It’s an honour and a privilege to come to such a massive club and to have this opportunity,’ he told Rangers TV.

‘I’ve had a lot of experiences as a football player and to captain Aberdeen Football Club was a huge honour.

‘I’m thankful to Aberdeen for that and to Derek McInnes but I just felt it was time for a fresh challenge and it’s one at Rangers that I’m really looking forward to.

‘From what I’ve heard the club are making a few signings and bringing in a good calibre of player, so it’s exciting times and I know there are really good players already here as well.

‘I’m just overwhelmed at the minute but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

‘I’ve just spoken with the manager briefly and he told me his plans and what he expects from the team and of me.

‘I’m sure when I come back in for pre-season I’ll know a lot more about what’s happening and what’s to come.

‘But obviously coming to a club like Rangers, it’s always exciting and the European football is a massive appeal. That’s something I’m looking forward to, a European night at Ibrox.

‘I’m here, I want to enjoy it and I want to help the club be successful again.’

Rangers begin pre-season training on Monday but Jack has been granted time off as he is getting married on June 9.

‘I’m going to be doing bits to keep myself ticking over so when I come back I’m in good condition,’ he added.

‘There are only a few weeks before you could potentially be playing a competitive match again so I’m just obviously trying to take it all in.’

Caixinha had previously spoken of his admiration for Jack and was delighted to get the deal done.

‘Ryan is one player who, for the last three seasons and from the age of 23, has been the captain of Aberdeen and that tells me a lot about the character, the personality and the maturity he has as well as the talent,’ said the Rangers manager.

‘I’m very happy that Ryan is our first Scottish signing. He understands what it means to represent Rangers.’

The Ibrox club are continuing to pursue Vitoria Setabul defender Fabio Cardoso, while deals for Benfica fringe pair Daniel Candeias and Dalcio could be confirmed next week. 

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