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Daniel Candeias the Pedro Caixinha anomaly at Rangers

The Portuguese winger has been in fine form this season.

Mathew Nash

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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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 30: Daniel Joao Santos Candeias of Rangers closes down Kieran Tierney of Celtic during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – DECEMBER 30: Daniel Joao Santos Candeias of Rangers with Wes Foderingham of Rangers after the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Rangers £4.75m Martyn Waghorn transfer error clear as Sheffield United loom

Rangers let Martyn Waghorn leave Ibrox last summer and it has proven costly for the Glasgow club.

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Sheffield United are reportedly keen on the signature of Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn this summer.

The 28-year-old had an excellent season at Portman Road, scoring 16 goals in 44 league games for the Tractor Boys.

Now, according to the Daily Mail (live blog, 19/07/18, 9.54am), the Blades are willing to pay £5 million for the player.

Such a price-tag must and should sicken Rangers fans.

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Rangers brought Waghorn to Ibrox in 2015 after his time at Wigan Athletic came to an end. A Football League journeyman the move to Glasgow revitalised the forward.

In his debut season at Ibrox, he scored 28 goals in 36 games, helping Rangers win promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

But his form dipped in 2016-17. Despite scoring 16 goals many came against lower league opposition and he was accused of being a flat-track bully.


I spoke to Martyn and we agreed he would maybe have less chances this season.”

 – Former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha after selling Waghorn


Rangers made the move to sell him last summer, with Pedro Caixinha deciding he was worth selling. The fee the Glasgow club got for the striker? According to the East Anglian Daily Times it was just £250,000.

Rangers, therefore, let a now £5m-rated forward go at a valuation swing of £4.75 million. 

Another indicator of the mess Rangers found themselves in last summer. Fans will hope Steven Gerrard continues to steady the ship at Ibrox.

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Arsenal reportedly once wanted Rangers newbie in £10.25m deal

Steven Gerrard has lured the Nigerian to Ibrox and the Rangers star could be a hit in Glasgow.

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Rangers have completed the signature of AS Roma forward Umar Sadiq this week. The 6ft 3ins attacker has arrived on a season-long loan deal at Ibrox and will be tasked with adding attacking intent to Steven Gerrard’s side.

The 21-year-old is a top talent and has long been heralded as a star of the future for the Giallorossi. Last season he scored five goals in 12 games for NAC Breda during a loan spell in the Eredivisie. So Rangers are right to be excited.

If Rangers fans are looking for another reason to get excited about the young forward. He has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, namely Arsenal.

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Back in 2016 La Repubblica, as reported by the International Business Times, suggested that Arsenal had a £10.25 million bid for the player rejected.

It was a move that had Arsenal fans excited, as Sadiq was being tipped as a future star.


“Yes, there is interest from Arsenal but at this moment nothing is done.”

– Umar Sadiq’s agent Mohammed Lawal in 2016


Now it seems that Rangers have got a hold of a player that Arsene Wenger once rated highly enough to make a big bid for. That was not even too long ago, just two years.

If Rangers boss Steven Gerrard can get the best out of Sadiq at Ibrox then they might finally be able to rival Glasgow rivals Celtic in the scoring department next season.

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Joe Hart would surely pick Rangers over Celtic in Old Firm choice

Joe Hart has been linked with a Steven Gerrard reunion at Ibrox and Rangers should be his only choice if heading to Glasgow.

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Joe Hart is set to leave Manchester City this summer. The club want to let the former England number one leave permanently to give him a chance to play regularly elsewhere. Owing him for his service to the club, they are set to allow a move anywhere for the stopper- who has had two mediocre loan spells at Torino and West Ham respectively.

Two teams that have been linked with the stopper are Celtic and Rangers. As reported by the Scottish Sun, the Old Firm pair are among the favourites to sign the keeper this summer.

It would, of course, need to see Hart take a massive pay cut but a move to Glasgow might be exactly what Hart needs. That is, if he moved to Ibrox.

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If Hart is to leave for Glasgow, then Rangers is where he should go.

Celtic would still have Craig Gordon standing in Hart’s way at Parkhead. Rangers, on the other hand, need a new stopper. It appears Steven Gerrard is not a fan of Wes Foderingham and Rangers, therefore, do have a gap in the goalkeeping department.

Hart would be the perfect man to fill it. With 75 caps for his nation the City stopper has bags of experience at the top level and Gerrard, a former England colleague, will know all too well what Hart can bring to the team.

If he does end up having to choose between Celtic and Rangers then it is a no-brainer for the struggling stopper. Ibrox would be the perfect location to get his career back on track.

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