Rangers fans would never have believed it if you told them when Pedro Caixinha signed him that they’d all be delighted to see Daniel Candeias captaining their side. The Portuguese winger was guilty by association with ex-gaffer, yet he’s more than proved himself to the Ibrox faithful and was rewarded with armband in yesterday’s friendly.
@Dcandeias11 : “It is an honour to be a captain for this club. In the team, all the players have a responsibility, but I am happy to have the trust of the gaffer and my teammates to be the captain of the team.”
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) 20 January 2019
Steven Gerrard completely changed his lineup at half-time yesterday, and with Candeias coming on to play the second 45-minutes against HJK Helsinki, it was the 30-year-old who Stevie G entrusted with the captain’s armband. After the game, Candeias took to the Rangers website with what it meant to wear that armband, and how much of an honour it was for him.
Until signing for Rangers, Candeias was something of a journeyman. The winger had never found a home anywhere in football, with Rangers being the 14th club who the winger has played for. However, Glasgow has become the Portuguese maestro’s home, and the Gers wouldn’t even consider letting the classy veteran winger leave Ibrox, especially seeing as he could be lined up as a captain by Gerrard after yesterday.
You can read the Gers’ verdict on Candeias here:
Your commitment is evident to all. What a player
— RTID (@RTID49564213) 20 January 2019
— Ian Paterson (@Caltha) 20 January 2019
Doesn’t matter how long it obviously meant so much to him as am sure it would any 1 of them
— Angela Swan (@4dc784dc8a1c4dc) January 20, 2019
A THOROUGHLY DESERVED HONOUR Daniel. You are much loved by the Bears for your commitment and passion and of course your skill. Thank You.
— Alan McNamara (@AlaaMcNamara) January 20, 2019
Well deserved! Give ur heart and soul for the club. It's all we ask as supporters!
— Iain Ferguson (@IainF89) January 20, 2019
Your heart shown on the park is evident for all to see. I’d have you in the starting 11 every time Sir.
— Hypnotiser1970 (@hypnotiser1970) 20 January 2019
guy got a hard time from alot of fans at the start, guilty by association of pedro probably. He has worked himself into the ground from day 1 though and the majority seen that, glad he is still around. His pressing ability up there with anyone.
— Bluechip (@Bluechip1872) January 20, 2019
The Gers can’t get enough of Candeias and after yesterday they’ll want to see more from the Portuguese winger as a captain.
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