Impressive former Ibrox favourite flying high in Euro top-flight league aged 33
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Former Rangers fan favourite flying high in Euro top-flight league

Former Rangers fan favourite Daniel Candeias is currently flying high in the Turkish Super Lig with Alanyaspor.

The ex-Ibrox star has been in Turkey ever since leaving the Gers in the summer of 2019.

Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias was very much a fan favourite during his two years at Rangers. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He spent two seasons with Gençlerbirligi but joined Alanyaspor in June following Gençler’s relegation and the expiration of his contract.

This is the Portuguese’s second stint in Alanya, as he played there on loan from Benfica prior to his move to Rangers.

So far, the transfer is working out brilliantly for him.

He isn’t starting every week like he was with Rangers and at Gençler, but he’s featured in all 12 of Alanyaspor’s league matches so far this season, even captaining them on three occasions and scoring a dramatic late winner at Galatasaray in September.

He’s no longer in a side scrapping it out at the bottom end of the table, either.

In fact, Alanyaspor are faring so well this season that at the time of writing, they were sitting third in the Turkish top-flight table.

Former Rangers star Daniel Candeias in Super Lig action for Alanyaspor against Istanbul Basaksehir. (Photo by /BSR Agency/Getty Images)

They’re currently ahead of big clubs like Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, and holding onto that spot would bring them European football next season.

Candeias played the full 90 minutes of their fixture at Rizespor on Friday but their impressive eight-game unbeaten run was ended with a 2-0 defeat.

It’s still been a very positive first few months back at Alanyaspor for the 33-year-old and plenty of Rangers fans will be pleased to see him doing well.

In other news, Rangers chairman Douglas Park has sent a warning to Scottish football.

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