Rangers icon Barry Ferguson has told how he respects Steven Gerrard’s decision to allow Daniel Candeias to “explore” an Ibrox departure – and admits Gerrard is right to make it “blatantly clear” that nobody is guaranteed games this season.

Gerrard confirmed that Candeias has been allowed to hold talks over a move to Turkey – although the winger was pictured at training yesterday at the Hummel Training Centre.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Daniel Candeias celebartes after he scores the opening goal during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Ferguson admits he also respects Candeias’ choice to look to move given how short a player’s career is, particularly as Candeias edges nearer and nearer to the end of his.

“He’s 31-years-old now and at an age where he needs to play and won’t be guaranteed that at Rangers so he has to look elsewhere,” Ferguson told the Daily Record.

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“You aren’t a footballer for a long time so you also need to respect his decision not to want to stay and fight for his place.

 

“No player should be guaranteed a game at any club so I also respect the manager’s position for making that blatantly clear to Candeias.”

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Gers fans weren’t impressed when news broke of Candeias’ possible exit despite the winger having been left out of Gerrard’s European squad.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Daniel Candeias is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Portuguese ace has been a constant feature in the side over the last few years and has, arguably. had a big part to play in James Tavernier’s transformation into one of the most effective attacking full-backs anywhere in Europe.

A host of new arrivals at Ibrox this summer had already made Candeias’ Ibrox future look shaky and the winger now has a big decision to make over his future.

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