Ex Rangers star competing in last major European league still standing amid pandemic
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Ex Rangers star Candeias competing as Turkish Super Lig goes it alone

Former Rangers star Daniel Candeias is competing in the last still-functioning major European League – the Turkish Super Lig – amid the global health pandemic.

The Russian Premier League along with all lower leagues and regional divisions in the country finally made the call to postpone all matches on Tuesday [Independent], leaving the Turkish top-flight as the exception to the rule.

The Russian Premier League has finally put a stop to fixtures. (Photo by Sergei Mikhailichenko/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Scottish Premiership, English Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and all other established leagues around the continent were halted before the weekend, but the Super Lig continues, albeit with the matches taking place behind closed doors.


Candeias played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Denizlispor in an early kick-off on Saturday afternoon, in what we expected would be his final outing for some time.

However, there’s no sign of the country’s footballing authorities calling a stop to the action, with Goztepe taking on and defeating Rizespor 2-0 this evening.

Former Rangers star Candeias is still playing for Genclerbirligi as the Turkish Super Lig goes it alone. (Photo by Mehmet Eser/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

It seems bizarre to continue on despite the restrictions in place elsewhere, but it looks as though Candeias will be back in action on Sunday morning against Konyaspor.

After their defeat at the weekend, Gencler are 12th in the table but now just three points away from the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

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