Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Ibrox winger Daniel Candeias is heading to Turkey for talks over a move away from Ibrox – but his comments about a signing potential replacement are worrying given how bloated Gerrard’s squad already is.
The Portuguese winger missed the 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers yesterday with Gerrard confirming after the match that he’s gone for talks while also admitting it’s “possible” the Gers bring someone in to replace him.
“I think he has gone over to have the discussions and do whatever else you do when you move clubs,” Gerrard said, as quoted by Football Scotland.
“If he goes then it’s possible we could bring in someone else.”
If there’s one area of the pitch where Gerrard has an embarrassment of riches then it’s out wide.
Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart, Jake Hastie, Scott Arfield and Jamie Muphy are all options there for Gerrard as things stand with Glenn Middleton, Eros Grezda and Kyle Lafferty all still at the club too.
Add in the potential return of Ryan Kent from Liverpool, then signing a replacement for Candeias feels like throwing money at something that simply doesn’t need it.
If Gerrard was to somehow pull a rabbit out of his hat and get someone who would walk into the starting XI then it would make some sense but it doesn’t seem likely given it’ll be the fifth winger he’s signed this summer.
The first-team squad is already much bigger than it needs to be and it has already seen several first-team players have to be left out of Rangers’ Europa League squad.
Moving Candeias on is probably the right move for all involved but with a host of wide players already at his disposal, Gerrard’s comments about replacing the Portuguese ace don’t make sense.