Exaggerated article takes former Rangers stars quotes out of context
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Did ex-Ranger Daniel Candeias really take a "bizarre dig" at Mark Allen?

Former Rangers winger Daniel Candeias has been opening up on his exit from Rangers, with topics ranging from the affection of the fans to former Technical Director Mark Allen.

The Scottish Sun, using an interview from Portuguese site Zero Zero, are claiming that Candeias takes a “bizarre dig” in the comments made to the news outlet.

But it appears he’s just discussing the transfer strategy at Ibrox and his own views/worries about his future.

Daniel Candeias was named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in a Portuguese XI following a hattrick for new side Genclerbirligi. (Photo by Guven Yilmaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The insinuation from the newspaper is that there’s a level of bad blood between Candeias and Allen and this was a leading factor in his exit.

In fact, the comments just echo the sentiments of Steven Gerrard who told Candeias he wouldn’t get the game time he did last season.

“It was fine at Rangers. It was a club that welcomed me very well, the fans always supported me,” explains Candeias.

“I felt a lot of affection from everyone, from my colleagues too, but this year things were going to change.

“I was important in the team but I felt like I wasn’t going to have as many minutes as I’d had in the last two seasons.

Candeias is still warmly thought of in Glasgow. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“The sporting director didn’t go much with foreigners in the first year, didn’t give much confidence to the Portuguese.

“I felt I could change something and preferred to try another challenge where I felt even more important.

“They welcomed me here, it was a club that wanted me from the first minute and that’s what made me decide to leave.”

The fact Candeias makes mention of Allen’s strategy of signing more homegrown players appears to be nothing more than an observation rather than a jibe.

Former Manchester City youth chief Mark Allen left Rangers earlier in the season, citing family reasons. (Photo by Sharon Latham/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

It’s a strategy that made sense too – far too many of Pedro Caixinha’s foreign imports didn’t know what it meant to play for Rangers.

Candeias and Morelos aside, they were all pretty woeful.

But the notion that Candeias has left Ibrox with a bad taste in his mouth due to Allen appears a big stretch at the very least.

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