Rangers sign Candeias

Rangers have added to the Portuguese contingent at Ibrox by recruiting winger Daniel Candeias on a two year deal. We reported earlier in the week that Candeias was one of the players interesting the new Rangers manager and the move is now complete. 

The Benfica winger has joined manager Pedro Caixinha, his backroom staff and new signings Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso and Dalcio at the club for a fee of around £700,000.

The 29-year-old flew from Lisbon to Glasgow late on Thursday evening and put pen to paper over the weekend after passing a medical.

Candeias is a well-travelled player around the European continent having been sent on loan to French, German and Spanish sides after joining Benfica in 2014.

The winger was born in Fornos de Algodres, Portugal, he played for his local side of the same name before being snapped up by giants FC Porto in 2002. He plied his trade at the Porto academy before eventually earning a loan move to second-tier Varzim in 2007/2008.

Further loan switches to Rio Ave, Recreativo and Pacos Ferreira followed before he was released by Porto, featuring in just four games at the Dragao side. CD Nacional recruited Candeias on a free transfer but he was immediately loaned to Portimonense where he got plenty of game time but suffered relegation with them.

The following campaign he returned to Nacional as he played 41 games, including six in the Europa League, under none other than Pedro Caixinha. In the following two seasons, the winger was a regular in the first team at the Madeira outfit as they competed in Liga Nos, Portuguese top division.

His performances attracted the attention of Lisbon cracks Benfica, who signed Candeias on a free transfer in 2014. However, the wide man didn’t feature at all for the Eagles and found himself on loan at Nuremberg in the 2.Bundesliga and Granada in La Liga in season 2014/2015.

He was playing regularly though and Benfica felt it best to continue farming him out on loan and his next stop was Metz in the French Ligue 2, where he featured in 28 games as helped them earn automatic promotion to Ligue 1 with a third-placed finish.

Candeias was on the move again last season as he joined Alanyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig. Another solid amount of game time, 28 games in total on the right wing, contributed to a 12th place finish, finishing ahead of Rangers’ 2010 Champions League foes Bursaspor.

The Turks were said to be very interested in making the deal permanent for the Portuguese ace, but Caixinha has swooped and will be reunited with Candeias in the Scottish Premiership.