The importance of Daniel Candeias’ red card against St Mirren last week has only been heightened by today’s win over Motherwell.
Rangers destroyed Stephen Robinson’s Steelmen at Ibrox in an incredible 7-1 scoreline today. It felt as though most of the performers netted at Ibrox this afternoon, but there was one man who notched a very important brace.
Whilst you may think we’re talking about Scott Arfield here, we aren’t. It’s his right-sided team-mate Eros Grezda.
This game was built up to be a huge chance for Grezda to impress Steven Gerrard once more. With the roaring form of Candeias a struggle to ignore, Grezda needed something tangible to put forward to Gerrard.
Fortunately, he bagged an extremely clinical and productive brace in an important afternoon for him personally. He’s yet to have his breakout performance at Ibrox this season, and this could prove to be it.
What it does mean, however, is that Candeias’ red card has only heightened in importance. The Portuguese terrier has every reason to be even more raging with the decision now. Watching his replacement bag a brace today may be costly for him in terms of coming back into the side.
Gerrard has a tendency to surprise with his team selection
Chances are, Gerrard will feature him in the first game after the international break at home to Livingston. The downside? He may now have to play second fiddle to Grezda after the Albanian’s Ibrox display.
It’s a fantastic problem for Gerrard to have. Candeias has been in fine form this season with three goals and four assists in 21 appearances this season. Gerrard will want more from him in the future, but he seems to be coming into good form.
Now, the Rangers manager has a huge dilemma. Does he allow Grezda the chance to kick on from this huge brace? Doing it against 10-man Motherwell is one thing, but can he replicate it consistently?
He may or may not get the opportunity. Candeias continues to wow supporters in recent weeks, and continues to be a massive fans-favourite. All of a sudden, we find ourselves with a huge battle going on down the right.
Willie Collum’s usual head-rattling decision-making was on show at St Mirren. Candeias’ suspension for a routine game against Motherwell didn’t seem too big blow for the player at the time.
Now? It’s looking like it could prove a more damaging suspension than first thought given Grezda’s debut Ibrox goals.