Rangers today announced that Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias has signed a new deal at Ibrox. The 30-year-old has signed a contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2020 and in doing so proves he is something of an anomaly.
The summer signing is one of the rare Pedro Caixinha signings who have proved to be a success at Ibrox.
In the summer the Portuguese manager brought in several new faces through his links with Portuguese and Mexican football. Fabio Cardoso, Bruno Alves, Eduardo Herrera, Carlos Pena and Dalcio all arrived at the club in the summer.
Not many of those recruits proved successful at Ibrox. Mexican internationals Herrera and Pena have struggled in Glasgow. Herrera struggled to find the net and whilst Pena had some good moments he was loaned to Caixinha’s new team Cruz Azul.
Cardoso looks a good talent at centre-back but has struggled to cement a regular starting place at Ibrox. Alves, an experienced Portugal international, had had his injury trouble since making the move. Winger Dalcio faced criticism after his performance v Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League humiliation. He has played just once for the club since.
Candeias on the other hand has been fantastic. He tops the assist stats in the Scottish Premiership and has built a brilliant reputation among the Rangers fans for his honest and tireless performances.
He is clearly enjoying his spell at the club as well, telling Rangers TV today:
“I am very happy here as it is like a family. Everyone has welcomed me so well and I my family are so happy with the city and the people.
“When everything is like this, it makes it so much easier.”
Winning over the Rangers fans is certainly not an easy feat. But the 30-year-old has tapped in to exactly what the Ibrox faithful expect of players at Rangers.
After Caixinha left, who was pivotal in his arrival from Benfica, Candeias did not mope but instead stood up to the challenge. Now the 30-year-old is considered one of Rangers’ best players and has himself a new deal to highlight his excellent form at Ibrox.
Candeias has proven himself the star recruit from the Caixinha connections and can hopefully continue his form now his future in Glasgow is confirmed.