Following on from Ross McCrorie, we shift out to the right flank, to evaluate Daniel Candeias.

The Portuguese may only have a market value of £900k, but he has been Mr Consistent for Rangers, since arriving from Benfica in July 2017.

One thing that’s guaranteed every time this guy takes the field, is effort.

He chases lost causes and harries defenders. He has done so, regardless of who the manager is.

Yet, he has shown signs of improvement since Steven Gerrard took the reigns.

The former Benfica man has brought more of a goal threat, netting five already compared with six across the entirety of last season.

His general play has been been tidy and his delivery from wide areas, while still occasionally disappointing, appears to be improving too.

One surprising issue this campaign, is his disciplinary record.


He has been sent off twice and picked up seven bookings, so far.

His dismissal at St Mirren was, of course, farcical, but the other incidents reveal a tendency to be a little overzealous in the tackle.

Spread out across an impressive 31 appearances though, he hasn’t let the side down too often.

Looking ahead to the run in, Candeias will play a big role as one of the first names on the team sheet.

A first individual target will be to surpass last season’s goal tally. In addition to that, he has to look to provide the best possible service to Morelos, Defoe and co. in the final third.

If he can do those things, he’ll continue to be an underrated, but crucial operator for the Gers.

Grade: B

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