Can Premier League youngster replace influence of Ibrox stalwart?
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Can Sheyi Ojo replace the influence of Daniel Candeias at Rangers?

When Daniel Candeias left Rangers in the summer, it left a void in the Rangers squad which many believe still hasn’t been filled.

The hard-working right-winger was the perfect folly to James Tavernier, with his grinding performances seemingly enough to free-up the Gers captain.

But with Sheyi Ojo still not convincing fans on the right – have we failed to replace the player’s influence?

Ojo has proven to be a positive addition in the final third of the pitch. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s easy to suggest that now Candeias isn’t here – but he left the club for a reason.

Whilst it’s true Rangers have endured a stuttering start to the season domestically, at least in terms of our performances rather than our results, we’ve still managed to get those points on the board.

Ojo, for all the bemoaning some fans send his way, has also been quite a big part of that.

The winger leads the way in assists for the Rangers side this season with five, whilst his four goals put him third place in the club’s scoring charts.

Rangers fans were disappointed to see Daniel Candeias leave for Turkish side Gençlerbirliği. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s not been a bad return for Ojo at all, especially considering we’re only eleven games in.

Candeias – in contrast – hit six goals and 12 assists in 52 games last season.

To put things even further into perspective, Ojo has now almost completed more minutes for Rangers (820) than he did for Stade de Reims (838) last season.

This is a 22-year-old youngster who remains highly rated and Anfield and has clearly got something in his locker.

Sheyi Ojo is close to Ryan Kent and he has talked up the possibilities in reconnecting with the winger [Daily Record]. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What he needs is both time and the backing of the stands.

Stats aren’t everything, and there is almost certainly still an issue with Ojo’s work-rate compared to the Portuguese, but for me, Ojo won’t just replace the influence of Candeias as the season goes on.

Rather, if he can continue to grow into the team he’ll prove to be an upgrade.

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