Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias could exit Ibrox after he has been given permission to speak to another club.
Gerrard also confirmed that the club interested in the 31-year-old winger’s services are based in Turkey, with earlier reports suggesting Gençlerbirliği had a bid accepted [Ajansspor].
A popular figure at Ibrox, the news has been met with an understanding disappointment from supporters.
No matter you views on Candeias consistency or quality, selling him for less than we paid (£800k) is utter pointless. He’s much more useful as a squad player even if he runs his contract down.
— Chris McLaughlin (@Chr1sMcLaughlin) July 18, 2019
Would genuinely be gutted to see Candeias go. There aren’t many who put in harder shifts than him.
— Pete (@rankin17) July 18, 2019
What’s this Daniel Candeias patter? Is he for the off? I like the guy. He’s looked great start of season but went off the boil a bit last season. I have mixed feelings. Reckon he would be a good squad/ rotation player
— BAZ Bowsk1 (@BazBowsk1) July 18, 2019
Candeias has been a faithful servant to Rangers
Worked his arse off most games and had a great relationship with the support
His final ball was often boak, but for a wing player he really did put a shift in
If he goes it’s with my best wishes for the future and with thanks
— Smiffy (@Stu_Blue_54AC) July 18, 2019
He has his limitations but I’d be sad to see Candeias go. His understanding with Tav has been one of the strongest aspects of our play over the past couple of seasons
— Delbert (@Delbert73) July 18, 2019
A real shame this – I've always liked Candeias……final ball can be poor, but a proper trier and wants to win.
However, we cannot and should not offer him guaranteed starts – he will go with my thanks and my best wishes. A journeyman pro doing his journeyman thing. https://t.co/yJtMUJhVFk
— Vanderhogg (@vanderhogg) July 18, 2019
Surely to fuck folk aren’t serious when they’re saying Candeias won’t be missed that much???
Guy plays his heart and soul out every game, definitely a class squad player to have regardless if you think he’s inconsistent
— 🇬🇧Liam🇬🇧 (@LiamWATP18) July 18, 2019
If Daniel Candeias is really going this is a good opportunity to share a video of that time @Dcandeias11 made an assist from his own clearance from his own box by winning it from a counter attack on the half way line and backheelee to set up the goal… 😍 Gutted if he does go 😥 pic.twitter.com/ViIAHoVMyJ
— Greegsy's Gloves (@Gers89_) July 18, 2019
Strong rumours Candeias is off to Turkey.
Big loss if true. pic.twitter.com/yeu0Wvj5fK
— RangersLinfieldFC (@bluesbrothers86) July 18, 2019
I know for a fact that candeias has a lot of haters and I honestly don’t know why. He gives 110% every game and sometimes it’s not good enough but you’ll not get a player with more heart and the last 2 games he’s played in (scoring 3) he’s shown just how good a player he is
— Rangers Spares ™️ (@RangersSparess) July 14, 2019
A journeyman professional, old habits die hard for Candeias. Even if you really thought he’d found a home at Ibrox.
The news comes after the club’s Player of the Year for 2017 was left out of the side’s Europa League squad for the games with St. Joseph’s.
It was a considerable disappointment for Candeias even if he bounced back with a very well taken first-half double in the friendly with Marseille.
Steven Gerrard said the club “reluctantly” accepted the offer after an “adult conversation” between the two men.
It seems that Candeias wants to explore the possibility given his reduced role in this Rangers side.
Gerrard said that at Candeias’ age he wants “to be a regular starter as in every single game”.
It’s disappointing as the midfielder always gave his all at Ibrox, even if he sometimes lacked quality in crucial moments.
Should he finalise a move to Gençlerbirliği, it’ll be the player’s 14th club.
But the talk over Candeias’ future does show just how competitive the squad is getting at Ibrox. No one is guaranteed a place.