Former Rangers star Daniel Candeias scored a dramatic late winner against Galatasaray in a Super Lig upset in Istanbul on Sunday.

Ex-Ibrox fan favourite Candeias has been in Turkey ever since leaving the Gers in the summer of 2019.

Candeias made 97 Rangers appearances, scoring 14 goals and notching 25 assists. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He spent two seasons at Gençlerbirligi but moved to Alanyaspor in June following Gençler’s relegation and the expiration of his contract with the Ankara club.

It’s a second stint at Alanyaspor for the Portuguese, who played there previously on loan from Benfica prior to his move to Rangers.

Ahead of the weekend, he hadn’t managed to make much of an impact, failing to score or notch an assist in his opening four matches.

He was dropped to the bench for a daunting trip to Galatasaray but would ultimately end up being the hero in a shock triumph.

Galatasaray v Alanyaspor - Turkish Super Lig
Former Rangers star Daniel Candeias sunk Galatasaray in the Super Lig on Sunday. (Photo by Elif Ozturk Ozgoncu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Candeias came off the bench with just over 15 minutes remaining and sparked wild celebrations from the visitors in the 87th minute when he fired past Fernando Muslera following a cross from Christian Borja.

The former Ger’s goal came a little against the run of play but it delivered a big three points for Alanyaspor and saw them move above Galatasaray into eighth in the Super Lig table.

Given how popular Candeias was during his time at Ibrox, plenty of Rangers supporters will be delighted to see that he’s still playing and contributing at a high level, aged 33.

Another former Rangers player is currently flying in the EFL, scoring his fourth goal in his last four appearances at the weekend.

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