The Rangers summer signing proving his doubters wrong


When Rangers were linked to Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias, Ibrox Noise’s very own Richard justifiably wondered why on earth we were making a move in his direction.

Nothing about Candeias’ previous career stood out as anything better than what we already had, and the fee for his services was said to be well in excess of £1M.

While a four-season Benfica veteran, sadly the 29-year old had never even made an appearance as sub for the Portuguese giants, far less started for them, with loan spells dominating his CV.

Indeed, not only had he spent 48 months in Lisbon, but he had started out in his professional career for their great rivals Porto with just four appearances to speak of before switching to Nacional.

And even at Alvinegros he found himself loaned out again – but after impressing at Portimonense he finally became a regular at his parent club amassing almost 100 appearances.

But as mentioned, his switch to Lisbon saw yet more loan spells and by the time Rangers moved for him, few fans could fathom why.

But the truth is while some of this summer’s signings have disappointed, such as Eduardo Herrera and Dalcio, Daniel Candeias has been a refreshing example of a good player, with a good heart, who plays the game in the right spirits and completely justifies his manager’s faith in him.

He is not Arjen Robben, and Rangers have had better players in the past, but Candeias has steadily got more and more reliable, impressive and ‘untouchable’ on that right wing.

He has proven to be a shrewd signing and is proving his doubters, such as our very own Richard, wrong about his merits – his crossing has grown in accuracy, his confidence has followed, and he shows hard work and ability, determination not to waste his chance.

Candeias looks like he is a player reborn – he is playing at a club as big as Benfica, Porto and the like – maybe bias but Rangers are arguably bigger. Not as good, right now, we accept that, but certainly in size, of similar gravity. And Candeias evidently looks like a player determined to cement his place at a club of our size having not quite done it before now.

And we are reaping the benefits of that. His cross-goal pile-driver yesterday should have been a goal but for a fine save, and the passion and grit on his face after coming so close is the kind of heart we need to see at this club.

We do not pretend he is the best player we have ever seen – but he is a player to admire, respect, and appreciate for what he gives to the team. Daniel Candeias is a pure team player and capable of being individually handy down the right as well.

He has grown in stature with every match and now looks like one of the first names on the team sheet and we are glad to see him flourish.

Did we mention he takes a hell of a free kick too?


  1. We should give these players time to settle. Pena and Herrera are a class above the SPL but need time to settle, so does our manager. Pedro must be shocked about the amount of hatred he has to suffer, and will in turn learn to chose his words carefully. These guy's will be better judged next season, but will they get that time.

    • I like you have said before many times, some players make an explosive start to their new club, others take time. Two examples I always use are messrs. McCoist and Hately. How many times did both suffer the wrath of our own supporters in their first season, yet one went on to be the best striker in Rangers history, the other became his very formidable partner.
      Most Rangers fans will not forgive Pedro for the disaster at Ibrox last season when we suffered a 5 – 1 home defeat to our hated rivals. He failed miserably on that day, as Murty had managed a very good fortunate draw at the Piggery. He will suffer much more hatred in a few weeks time if that result is repeated.
      Back to the player in question, I can't find fault in him, he works very hard, takes a lot of punishment, has proven how good a crosser he is and is technically good, he also complements and helps Tavernier, who so far has improved this season in form compared to last seasons poor displays.
      Each of Pedro's signings have improved on each game by game they play in, so hopefully they continue and we progress up the league table to be worrying challengers for the title.

  2. It is marvellous to see Daniel Candeias finally showing his huge potential. His problem used to be his lack of consistency, but he now has a manager who believes in him and that seems to be the difference at this present time. Lets hope he keeps his excellent form going, especially against Kierney of Celtic.

    He could be playing against inferior left backs in the SPL of course!

  3. I have written often here that Pedro and players need a bit of time. I think you will also be praising Pena soon. Having watched Barry McKay and Forest yesterday I can say we have moved forward and Barry is no loss.

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