Former Rangers fan favourite Daniel Candeias says he’s ready to hit the ground running at Alanyaspor after returning to the Super Lig side on a two-year deal.

Candeias was briefly a free agent after his contract at Gençlerbirligi, who were relegated from the Turkish top-flight last season, expired.

Genclerbirligi v Galatasaray - Turkish Super Lig
Former Rangers fan favourite Daniel Candeias in action for Gençler against Galatasaray last month. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Late last month, FutbolArena reported that fellow Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor had agreed a deal to sign the former Ger.

However, it’s actually Alanyaspor who have won the battle for his signature, with the winger returning to the club he spent time at on loan from Benfica the season prior to his move to Ibrox.

“I am very happy to be back at home,” he said [translated] []. “After I left here, I always wanted to return to this club. We were always in contact.”

“I know the expectations from me well. I have a structure that can meet these expectations. I am ready for this.”

Alanyaspor had a strong 2020/21 campaign, finishing seventh in the table after securing 60 points from their 40 fixtures and it’s clear that their president, Hasan Çavuşoğlu, believes the 33-year-old can help them to kick on.

“Candeias is not a stranger to you,” he said [translated]. “The son has returned home. There is no need to tell him about him. He will continue from where he left off.”

“I believe that he will be even more useful and his performance will increase. He came back because he adopted him. Welcome aboard, Candeias.”

Candeias scored four goals and notched seven assists in 35 Super Lig appearances last season.

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