Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias is officially out at Ibrox and headed to Turkey.
After multiple weeks of rumors about Daniel Candeias’ dissatisfaction with being left out of Rangers opening Europa League squad, he has officially left the Glasgow club to play in the Turkish Super League.
Candeias has signed a 2 year deal with Genclerbirligi for a transfer fee reported to be around 400,000 pounds. Which is a small return but a nice return for an aging player. Although this move was not connected with the big money acquiring of defender Hernander as both Steven Gerrard and others have reinforced that they had hopped Candeias would remain with the club.
Candeias apparently had little interest in battling for playing time in a suddenly crowded Rangers midfield and wanted guaranteed minutes that Rangers couldn’t give. While disappointing for sure, it is understandable. Candeias is just entering his 30s and likely sees himself as only have a few good seasons left in him which makes explains his fear of spending those on the bench.
Candeias appeared for Rangers 97 times and scored 14 goals with Rangers. He quickly won over the hearts of fans with his high work-rate and willingness to get back on defense. He made a particularly excellent pairing with James Tavernier, who’s manic runs forward would often require Candeias to cover for him at the back.
Despite the disappointment, Candeias was a good Ranger who gave his all in his time with the club and was a very solid contributor. Often being one of the few players over his stretch who seemed to really deserve to wear the hallowed blue kit of the club. His departure will be a hit to the depth of Rangers on the wing, especially with a return of Ryan Kent looking progressively less likely, but after falling out of favor it appears that he wasn’t set to win major minutes this season.