Rangers could be set for a massive 3-man squad disruption; reports


Yes, we’re still going on about Daniel Candeias, but the 31-year old’s exit is having the biggest ripple effect of any Rangers departure in recent years, and as the Portuguese moves onto pastures new, the residual impact of his movement is only becoming more apparent as the story develops.

As we mentioned earlier, James Tavernier is a big ‘victim’ of this – losing his playing partner, his linkup pal – it’s a huge loss and change for the captain who has relied on Candeias for two years.

We’ve obviously suggested a solution which is perfectly valid, but it’s certainly true that Candy’s departure is going to have a big squad and playing impact.

And another has today broken as well with the inevitable news which may have been an oversight to many, including us, that Alfredo Morelos has now lost his best mate, and the Hispanic clique between the two is now no more.

Candeias is Morelos’ link to the squad – while the Colombian does know some English, his grasp of it is basically diabolical, and he relies on Candeias to interpret. They’re also close friends aside that.

With Candeias gone, Morelos is now extremely isolated, and either forced to truly learn English, or outright leave.

We’d noted on the site how distant he’s seemed lately – even despite his goals last night, he still isn’t looking happy. Well, admittedly this is a grumpy looking boy at the best of times, but now he’s looking even more distant than usual – mind elsewhere.

Candeias’ move is possibly why.

So the disruption to the squad of Candeias moving on is a very interesting dynamic. Stevie refused to guarantee him starts, rightly, and the consequence of that is Tav and Morelos losing their best mate or football partner within the club.

This could have a big knock-on effect, and if we’re honest, we never did like the Candeias and Morelos clique – it felt removed from the rest of the squad and stopped the Colombian ever properly integrating with it all.

Either way, Candeias is off to pastures new and things are going to change as a result.

Quite frankly, we believe it’s for the better of the club.


  1. Maybe best on the long run, but as Keynes said "in the long run we shall all be dead"
    I am a little concerned about the short run if Morelos is not sold.

  2. Candeias might be a real workhorse but he cannot cross a ball and i honestly think that Morelos will score a lot more goals with a better player on that right hand side. I only hope that Candeias leaving doesn't push Morelos closer to the exit door too.

  3. Sell that grumpy little git, goals or not, as soon as possible, I just can't like the man, moody, wrong pass, won't pass, big game mentality bloody crap
    Can never forgive him for sending off at parkhead. Sorry but that's how I feel. WATP

  4. Am I missing something here, has a deal actually been done to sell Candeias? Or, as far as I can find on the internet, he has gone to talk to a club in Turkey about a POSSIBLE move?
    If he has, then of course the probability is that he will sign for them, if they offer Rangers an acceptable fee. But what if this club in Turkey won't guarantee Candeias being a regular starter? So maybe (and hopefully!), it is jumping the gun to just assume Candeias has gone.
    If he goes, then in my opinion he will be a loss. But it certainly won't be the end of the world, we haven't done too badly so far this season in the games he wasn't playing or only playing part of the game. His combination play with Tav will be missed, however it looks extremely likely that Ojo will feature regularly this season and so that would have affected the Tav/Candeias combination anyway. If Tav is as good a player as he is credited with being (and I think he is), then he will be perfectly able to adapt to playing with a different player in front of him.
    As far as Morelos goes, from Rangers point of view nothing has changed. If a club comes in with a big offer, Morelos will be sold. If no-one comes in with a big enough offer, then Morelos won't be sold. So he will possibly lose his best pal at Rangers, that happens all the time at football clubs. Seriously, if his best pal leaving affects Morelos ability to score goals, then Alfredo has a huge problem to overcome if he has dreams of becoming a top player.

  5. Never win anything with candeias or his like in our team. Nice guy.gives his best every game. But does anyone actually think he is Rangers title winning class ?, if so you are deluded, the last few years have lowered the standard for some fans, time to stop this nonsense of kidding on some of these players are Rangers class. Big Al in goal, class,Mr Davis, class. Afield, class, Jack, this man is looking like a captain. We are getting better every season, it's been a bloody long time coming but I feel this could be our year WATP.

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