Controversial decision at Ibrox could have massive consequences…


We touched on this a couple of days ago but it’s worth having a look at the Daniel Candeias situation one last time.

We were never universally Candeias’ biggest fans on this site – some of us highly rate him, others were happy to see the back of him (we’ll leave you to ID the position of the author of this piece for yourselves).

But one thing we all definitely agree on – Candeias’ departure changes things quite dramatically for two men at Ibrox – James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos.

In Morelos’ case Candeias was his best mate at Ibrox – he helped hugely with the Colombian’s integration and was a kind of mentor for him in Govan – he was also a translator for much of the native tongue which went over the younger man’s head. But either way, whatever his role at any given time, he was a big part of Morelos’ time at Ibrox. He also linked up frequently with him on the pitch, with Morelos often using the Portuguese down the right for an outlet. That’s definitely gone now.

In Tavernier’s case, they had a notable understanding on the right – and crucially, Candeias frequently covered defensive for the RB when he bombed on in attack. There is absolutely no coincidence that Tavernier was completely exposed on several occasions against Blackburn with no Candeias to fill in the gaps. They also took regular turns with attacking, so, in actual reality, Tav and Candeias were like playing with two RBs and RWs in one – both attacked, and both defended.

That, too, is now gone.

Obviously, it’s partially Steven Gerrard’s choice – he didn’t and couldn’t promise Candeias guaranteed first-team starts, because he both didn’t rate him as highly as that, and also tends not to guarantee anyone that too.

But similarly Candeias showed a strange lack of regard for Rangers in this choice – Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Allan McGregor (all over 30 so all ‘seeking football at their age’) are subject to earning the shirt just like Candeias, but they don’t throw huffs at the lack of guarantee and appropriate exits (Steven Davis was a complete fringe player for months and never once acted up about it) – Candeias’ choice to leave smacked of immaturity and a complete contradiction to the supposed work ethic and attitude he’s so famous for.

Only to an extent though – we do sound harsh here, and it was one hell of a diss from Gerrard to drop him from the UEL squad. Especially given his contribution in the last campaign.

But the choice to do so, and to reduce his role may have quite a significant ripple effect on two significant members of the squad.

Not really worth £250K was it…


  1. He wasn't the best mentor, as Morelos was sent off five times last season. And its time for him to grow up anyway. Getting done by Brown was embarrassing in a game where we were the better team and should have won.
    As for Candeais's pairing with Tav, this should be replicated with a better player. If Candeias had a better delivery, and chipped in with fifteen goals he'd be worth keeping, but he has neither.
    He played well for two games, played badly for the next two and was dropped for the next two. That's two games in six and is a snapshot of our inconsistency last season.
    If we are going to win it back this year, we really need better than Daniel. I would have kept him as a squad player to cover, but he didn't want that, so no hard feelings, and all the best.

  2. I mentioned the tav and Danny link the other day on here saying tav was totally lost without him and if he leaves as well we are well short on the right ..ojo should be on the left or Jones meaning we need Kent or similar to replace Danny who has been shafted like Lee Wallace .the guy said previous we need better than Danny ..funny that and where do we get them from apart from loans for hastie and Middleton they are not the answer or Murphy …it's a massive problem …plus we need a left back and a striker ..make or break season without a doubt we must win a trophy

  3. Just to clarify Candeias did not choose to leave. That was not his choice to make. He wanted to leave and we allowed it and for £250k that should never have happened.

  4. I was a Fan of Candeias up until A few Weeks ago and then I thought…
    Not even willing to stay and Fight for the Jersey and then trying to blame it on His Children's Schooling
    ….Aye Right? Fk Off🤣

    And we should have gotten at least £450-500k for Him.

    Another interesting Point is That for all those who slagged DC Off, Tav and Morelos are Crumbling without Him.