When Rangers sold Daniel Candeias in the summer it came as a surprise to many. The Portuguese winger had become a regular under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, playing 52 times for the Glasgow club in the 2018-19 season.
However, Rangers invested heavily in the wide areas over the summer and the 31-year-old’s first-team spot was clearly threatened.
When the opportunity arrived for him to leave, Gerrard did not stand in his way. As reported by the Scottish Sun, Rangers sold the popular winger to Genclerbirligi for a fee in the region of £250,000.
He left with the best wishes of the Ibrox faithful and Gerrard, with the hope he could thrive back in Turkey, where he previously spent a spell with Alanyaspor.
So far, it has been a struggle for Candeias and his club, who sit in the Turkish Super Lig’s relegation zone.
However, it all clicked yesterday in a 6-0 win against Antalyaspor in spectacular fashion for the former Ibrox hero.
Candeias scored his first goal for the club in the first minute and went from strength to strength. The 31-year-old went on to score two more and complete a hat-trick, whilst also providing two assists in a thoroughly breathtaking individual performance.
Rangers fans will no doubt be pleased to see that Candeias has finally burst into life at his new home.