Rangers have always had proud international players be a part of the club. Now, we have one who’s attitude and invention bears a striking resemblance to a player of the not so distant past. Is Daniel Candeias Ibrox’ new Nacho Novo?

The Portuguese winger players with his heart on his sleeve, much like the little Spaniard did in his heyday.

When things aren’t going right, Candeias digs in.

He tries, even if some of the creative things he tries don’t always come off, you are guaranteed one thing from Daniel. Hard work.

Candeias took his goal against Spartak tonight superbly well. (Photo by Sergei FadeichevTASS via Getty Images)

It was the exact same with Nacho Novo.

Tonight against Spartak Moscow Candeias was willing to run, and showed up when we needed him. Even if it eventually wasn’t meant to be. His reaction to scoring at the weekend also shows just how much the club means to him.

So much so, he’s still paying the price.


Candeias and Novo both found a home in Govan

Before joining Rangers, Daniel Candeias was a journeyman. He’d played for no fewer than 12 teams prior to coming to Ibrox.

But far from be unlucky, number 13 has proved to be a bit of a saving grace for the winger.

Nacho too played for 13 clubs, albeit Rangers were his fifth. After retiring, the former striker said life just wasn’t the same after Ibrox.

Nacho Novo played over 250 games for Rangers, scored over 70 goals and won six trophies. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

In the commitment Daniel Candeias shows, being at Rangers clearly means a hell of a lot to him. He loves it here, and he’s willing to work to keep his place.

The same can be said of Nacho, a player who relished every moment at Ibrox and stood up on so many big occasions.

Candeias still has time to be the difference maker on the big stage. And he’s clearly taken a few pointers from Novo with the two out for lunch recently.

And like Nacho, if he can get Rangers winning trophies again, he might love it that much he’ll never want to leave.

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