Rangers fans have sent messages to former player Daniel Candeias on Twitter, imploring him to return to the club.
The Portuguese was a rare positive of the Pedro Caixinha era, arriving at Ibrox in 2017 and going on to play 70 league games.
During Steven Gerrard’s first season in charge, he was one of his most trusted players, making 52 appearances in all competitions.
However, with the manager looking to recruit in wide areas during the summer transfer window, Candeias opted to move on, signing a two-year deal with Turkish Super Lig club Genclerbirligi.
Yeni transferimiz Daniel Candeias ile kulübümüz iki yıllık sözleşmeye imza attı pic.twitter.com/CHU0DYrOwv
— Gençlerbirliği SK (@kirmizikara) July 22, 2019
For most of the first half of the season, Rangers struggled to replace him, with the likes of Sheyi Ojo failing to impress in the wide right position. It wasn’t until a positional change for Joe Aribo in December that the Gers looked to have regained a balance to their XI.
An extremely hard worker who is capable of moments of brilliance, Candeias was extremely popular at Ibrox and it’s clear some Bears miss seeing him firing into tackles and linking up with James Tavernier.
When one fan said as much in a tweet and the 31-year-old responded, others pleaded with him to return.
Here’s a selection of reactions:
— Daniel Candeias (@Dcandeias11) January 8, 2020
Was just talking about missing him to my friend in the pub! Him and Tav had a great understanding! All the best @Dcandeias11
— Paul Corrigan (@jobbieheid) January 8, 2020
Please come home dad
— J (@johnmcculloch54) January 8, 2020
What a partnership 💙🔴⚪️🔵. Haste ye back pic.twitter.com/abmgSTRJvw
— Andy Houldsworth (@AHouldsworth) January 8, 2020
— Keldo (@keldo5) January 8, 2020
Come back san ❤️
— macca (@KyleMcarthurrr) January 8, 2020
Those two goals pre season against Marseille 🤩😍Could have been a massive player for us this season. Always had time for photos with Cole after games etc All the best @Dcandeias11
— chris mcpherson (@cjmcphe) January 8, 2020
I’d have him back in a heartbeat, that right hand side miss this man 💙💙
— margaret valenti (@weenightmare) January 8, 2020
You not fancy coming back Daniel?? still not replaced you
— gary mcdougall (@garymcdougall24) January 8, 2020
Come back Daniel 😭
— 𝙇𝙖𝙬𝙨𝙤𝙣 (@cjr_lawson) January 8, 2020
Not replaced him yet. He linked up well with Tav & Morelos and his pressing was 2nd to no one. A loss for us.
— Bluechip (@Bluechip1872) January 8, 2020
Come back just for 55😪
— Lucas (@lucas_1872) January 9, 2020
The missing link in the current Rangers Team!!
— Stuart MacCallum (@sm_hjgm1998) January 9, 2020
😭 miss you and Morelos together pic.twitter.com/OKOXn38tIX
— 👑 (@kent14x) January 8, 2020
Candeias was a very likeable figure who always gave his heart and soul in a Rangers shirt and brought many qualities to the team.
He played a major role during his time at Ibrox, but it was ultimately decided that the Gers wanted more than the 6 goals and 12 assists he provided in his 52 outings across 2018/19.
The fact is that while he did link up extremely well with Tavernier, he struggled for consistency in terms of affecting goals himself, and that’s what ultimately proved his undoing.
His record so far in Turkey paints a similar picture. In one incredible game against Antalyaspor in October, he scored a hat-trick and registered two assists in a 6-0 win. However, in his 16 other appearances for the club, he has failed to score and has contributed just two further assists.