Moving swiftly on from Glenn Middleton, it’s time to assess the contributions of Daniel Candeias across 2018/19.
The 31-year-old winger is undoubtedly one of the few positive legacies of Pedro Caixinha’s era.

Candeias signed for Rangers in 2017. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard used him more regularly than any other winger this season.
He made a total of 52 appearances, meaning he missed just eight of 60 fixtures in all competitions. Those numbers are a good indication of his durability, and he gave his all week in, week out.
However, as can often be the case with the £900k-rated wide man [Transfermarkt], his returns in the final third fell a little short.
Across those 52 outings, he scored just six goals. The pick of those came in the 1-1 draw at Hibernian in March.

Candeias celebrates scoring from range at Easter Road. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

A relative lack of goals would be excused if assists were flowing. After all, operating on the right flank, his main duty is as a provider. Yet, he only set up five goals in 28 league matches [Transfermarkt].
At his best, he can be extremely dangerous. For example, he hit his straps in a Scottish Cup replay against Kilmarnock registered a hattrick of assists. His backheel to release Alfredo Morelos against Rapid Vienna at Ibrox was also a moment of genius.
Those were far from the norm though, and while he links up well with James Tavernier, it was the right-back who was often more effective in the final third.
There’s still a part to play for Candeias at Ibrox next season. However, with reinforcements on their way, he could find himself often making way for younger models.

The winger’s end product isn’t always on the money. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Jake Hastie managed more SPL goals in half the appearances last season and will be gunning for that right wing spot. Furthermore, Rangers are reportedly trying to secure Sheyi Ojo on loan from Liverpool [Scotsman].
A decent season from a workhorse who gives his all for the badge. If the Gers are to be league winners in 2019/20 though, they probably need more dynamism from the right wing.

 

Half-Term Grade: B

End of Season Grade: B

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