Why Daniel Candeias’ Signing Is A Good Deal For Rangers
Rangers appear to be closing in on a £700,000 deal to bring in winger Daniel Candeias, and it could be just what the Ibrox clubs needs at present. A squad overhaul is overdue and seems to be snowballing nicely now.
The 29-year-old right-sided player is seen by Pedro Caixinha as the sort of expert passer capable of threading the through the passes needed to created more opportunities for his strikers. Reportedly, Caixinha is looking to complete a double deal for Candeias and his team mate Dalcio, with Rangers’ summer squad rebuilding having started nicely.
Signing for Benfica back in 2014 for free, Candeias is yet to play a first team game for the giants and is now available for transfer. Loan moves to Nurnberg, Granada, Metz, and Alanyaspor have seen him make 85 appearances away from Portugal, scoring 8 goals from the right wing.
It can be argued that has been a slow burner but he may be coming to his best now. In 28 appearances in Turkey’s Super Lig, he scored 4 goals and made another 4 with a pass completion rate of 72%. Bearing in mind the relative strength of that league, his talent would most likely produce even bigger results in Scotland.
Now that West Midlands side Wolves also have a Portuguese coach and several players from the country already on the books, the two clubs could be in direct competition for players from the region in the coming months. Staying in the Europa League would go a long way in ensuring that the Glasgow club have the first choice, as well as offering the chance of regular silverware in Scotland over the coming years.
It’s difficult to say how exactly Rangers’ new-look squad will take shape when it is finally completed, and it’s even harder to say how well Candeias would do in the Scottish Premiership. But what is certain is that he looks better than the players that they have had in such positions in recent times. Martyn Waghorn has simply not cut the mustard and will be allowed to leave, whereas Joe Dodoo is young and improving.
Rangers look to be adding a mix of youth and experience to their playing squad and as long as the mistakes of last summer aren’t repeated, this sort of experience looks to be a good thing for their recovery.