Caixinha reveals what Candeias told him during emotional celebration in Rangers win
By James Black
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has revealed what winger Daniel Candeias told him after the winger sprinted half the length of the pitch to celebrate after scoring in the 4-1 win against Hamilton.
Candeias scored the Gers third goal in six devastating first-half minutes as they overturned a first minute Hamilton strike to go in 3-1 at the break.
Rumours have plagued the Rangers squad this week amid claims Kenny Miller has been banished to the Under-20 squad after leaking details of a team meeting to the Daily Record.
Miller was nowhere to be seen on Friday night as the Gers took on Hamilton and there are serious doubts over whether the veteran striker will be a Rangers player much longer.
A double from Declan John and a Graham Dorrans penalty sealed the win for Caixinha’s side as the jumped into third place in the Scottish Premiership.
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Caixinha was delighted with his sides reaction and revealed that Candeias had told him he was in Scotland to play for him.
“I think the boys did a good job in this match today,” Caixinha told RangersTV as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“I am pleased with the performance because after the first ten minutes we did very good, we got in the game after almost losing the game.
“Daniel’s celebration was to do with the feelings they felt and the emotions of the game.
“He said everything, he said you bring me here and I am here to play for you and all the others came on his back.
“Those are the moments when you feel the gratitude and that sort of connection and you don’t need to say anything. I am very pleased he could score again.
“They had a very good reaction as a team knowing that everybody can commit mistakes and everybody can get away with those mistakes and move forward and that is what they did.
“They played some brilliant football in moments of the game, in let’s say 20 minutes of the first-half and in the second-half when Jack was sent off things were more difficult for us to do what we wanted.
“It was difficult to exploit the space in the second-half when we were down to 10 men because we were always going to be exposed.
“The boys once again got united, got together and know how to defend the result and how to defend one block with some mistakes here and there. But the final result is what counts and we win 4-1.”
Candeias has been impressive since signing from Benfica with a series of committed displays and a handful of goals early in his Ibrox career.
Despite suggestions otherwise, Caixinha’s squad showed great unity as they put in a strong performance against Martin Canning’s side to leapfrog Hibs and St. Johnstone in the league.
The Gers now travel to Canada to face Benfica in the Eusebio Cup in Hamilton, Ontario over the international break.
In other Rangers team news, a Sky Sports pundit has sensationally claimed that Caixinha could be axed today.