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15th Mar, 2018 | 9:07pm

Barry Ferguson raves about Rangers player after deal is wrapped up

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson believes Rangers winger Daniel Candeias’ form for the Gers this season means he has earned his contract extension at Ibrox.

The Portuguese winger wrapped up a one-year extension to his existing deal to tie him to the Light Blues until 2020.

The 30-year-old has been a revelation for the Gers since signing from Benfica with six goals and 11 assists for the Light Blues.

Ferguson thinks manager Graeme Murty sees Candeias as “vital” to his team and believes his hard work means he has done enough to deserve a new contract.

“He’s been one of the successes from Pedro Caixinha signing a lot of players. One thing I do like about him is his work rate, you can’t question that, his work rate is phenomenal and he pings a fair ball into the box,” Ferguson told PLZ Soccer.

“He’s been a big plus point for Rangers this season and obviously Graeme Murty sees him as a vital part of the team.

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“I think he does deserve it.”

Candeias has struggled to hold down a regular place at clubs before his switch to Ibrox with a total of nine loan moves across his career.

The 30-year-old now has some long-term stability and is looking comfortable alongside James Tavernier down the right flank for the Gers.

The former Benfica winger’s form this season will almost certainly see him in the running for the player of the year awards at the end of the season.

Candeias joins a list of Gers players who have signed extended contracts recently with Alfredo Morelos, Josh Windass, Ross McCrorie and Tavernier among those signing new deals.

Football Insider verdict:

Candeias’ contract extension has been a long time coming after his form this season. The 30-year-old have been devastating down the right wing for the Light Blues and has been one of the big success stories from Pedro Caixinha’s summer recruits. With the likes of Windass, Foderingham, Morelos and Tavernier all signing new deals, there is a strong core of a squad being built at Ibrox and extending Candeias’ deal is another part of that.

In other Rangers news,  this BBC pundit has said Murty must do these three things or wave goodbye to Ibrox.

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