Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has revealed he was blown away by Daniel Candeias’ performance in Saturday’s Old Firm stalemate at Celtic Park.
The Portuguese winger put in a tireless shift down the right to keep Scott Sinclair and Kieran Tierney quiet as the Gers out-played their bitter rivals for long spells of the fiery clash.
The 29-year-old has been in and out the starting XI in recent weeks but showed his value to the side as he ran himself into the ground against Brendan Rodgers side.
McLeish was impressed by the ground covered by Candeias as he continually bombed up and down the right flank trying to create chances for his side or force Celtic into errors.
“I’ve got to ask Graeme Murty what he had those boys on”, McLeish said on TV channel BeIN Sports on Saturday afternoon, as quoted by Inside Futbol.
“The little guy Candeias, what a job he did.”
“Up front, coming back, he managed to last the whole 90 minutes.”
Candeias joined the Gers from Benfica over the summer after a series of loan spells away from the Eagles and played his football in Turkey last season with Alanyaspor.
Since arriving in Glasgow, Candeias has proven to be a quality operator and regularly poses a threat to opposition defences with his trickery and pace.
The winger has also built up a really good rapport with right-back James Tavernier and the pair look to have formed a solid partnership for the Gers on the right wing.