Popular former Rangers player Daniel Candeias captained Alanyaspor as they thrashed Mardin 1969 5-0 to progress to the last 16 of the Turkish Cup.

Candeias endeared himself to Rangers fans with his work ethic and passion during a two-year stay at Ibrox between 2017 and 2019.

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He left because Steven Gerrard was no longer able to promise him regular playing time but despite now being 33, he’s still playing at a high level.

After two seasons with Genclerbirligi in the Super Lig, Candeias signed for Alanyaspor in the summer for a second spell at the club he spent the 2016/17 campaign at on loan from Benfica.

The Antalya Province club finished in an impressive seventh place last season and they are on course to repeat the feat at the halfway point of the current campaign.

Candeias has featured in all 19 of their league matches, with his personal highlight to date a late winner away at Galatasaray in September.

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Most of his individual success has come in the Turkish Cup, though.

At the beginning of December, he bagged a hat-trick of assists against Osmaniyespor FK in the fourth round and on Wednesday afternoon, he captained the team to a 5-0 victory over Mardin 1969 in the fifth round to book their place in the Last 16.

Alanyaspor were far too good for their fourth-tier opponents and the former Ger notched a fourth assist from two cup appearances, setting up the fourth goal just a few minutes into the second half.

Plenty of Bears will be delighted to see the Portuguese thriving in Turkey and perhaps he’ll help his current club go all the way in the competition in 2022.

Meanwhile, a Championship club are reportedly in ‘advanced talks’ to sign a 20-year-old Ger on loan.

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