“Complete team player” – ex-Rangers’ captain picks unsung hero
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Daniel Candeias “doesn’t get enough credit” according to Lee McCulloch

Ex-Rangers captain Lee McCulloch has been full of praise for Rangers winger Daniel Candeias in a column for the Evening Times.

The UEFA Cup Finalist said that the winger doesn’t get enough credit for the immense work he puts in on the pitch.

McCulloch also described Candeias’ work rate as “infectious”.

Lee McCulloch made over 300 appearances in eight seasons at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

McCulloch said: “He was fairly quiet against Hamilton on Sunday but you can’t fault his work rate and his desire and he can set the tone for the rest of the team. It is infectious when you play like that.

“There have been times this season where he has been an easy target for the fans and the media. He is probably not getting enough credit for what he is bringing to the team as opposed to what he is doing individually.

“He is a complete team player and Rangers will need everyone to have that attitude at Ibrox on Thursday night.”

Candeias a key part of the Rangers side

It’s hard to imagine this team without Daniel Candeias. The work he puts in on the flank is supplemented by creative but disciplined play. He loves a flick and a backheel but seems to always make the right decision with them.

More than that, he’s got a mean cross and a telepathy with James Tavernier.

And like Lee McCulloch said, Candeias’ work-rate sets a tone for the rest of the team.

HAMILTON, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 21: Candeias of Rangers is tackled by Ziggy Gordon of Hamilton Academicall during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hamilton Academicals and Rangers at New Douglas Park on October 21, 2018 in Hamilton, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

One of few Caixinha signings that stuck, Candeias, 30, loves playing for the club. A journeyman before Rangers, he’s played for 12 clubs in his career. But at Ibrox, he seems to have finally found his home.

He’s a lot like Nacho Novo with his stocky frame and ferocious attitude. He’s not quite as prolific and serves a different purpose creatively, but both have a fire in their belly, are tireless workers and are international players who fell in love with the club.

He does need to add more goals and assists to his game this season, but he’s fulfilling a different role at the minute. He’s only scored one and set up three.

But Candeias has played 16 games out of 21. That shows you have valued he is by Steven Gerrard.

He’s not just a bit part player in this squad.

Candeias has cemented himself as a key part of this Rangers side.

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