Rangers winger Daniel Candeias insists he wasn’t worried for his Ibrox future after Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October despite being brought to Scotland by the former Gers boss.
Candeias was one of 11 signings made by Caixinha last summer and has been one of only a few who could be considered a success after his switch from Benfica.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a nomadic career with stints in France, Portugal, Turkey, Spain and Germany prior to his move to Ibrox but has been a revelation in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Candeias admitted results weren’t good enough for Caixinha to stay and admitted he was thankful to the former Santos Laguna boss for bringing him to Ibrox.
“I wasn’t worried that I’d have to move when Pedro left. My heart is with Rangers, not the coach,” Candeias said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I wasn’t concerned any more than the other players when he went. Pedro left because of results. What happened in the Europa League was a catastrophe. All coaches live and die by their results so while I didn’t want Pedro to leave, results made it difficult.
“But I’ve got to thank him for bringing me to this great club. I’m happy here and I want to continue to play well for Rangers.”
Candeias has the most assists in the Scottish Premiership this season and has built an impressive understanding with James Tavernier down the right flank.
The Portuguese has made 33 appearances, scoring 5 times and creating 9 goals for his team-mates, in an impressive debut season in Scotland.
The Gers have closed to within six points of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic ahead of Brendan Rodgers’ side taking on Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon.
The Gers have won seven of their eight games following the winter break to close the gap at the top of the table and book a Scottish Cup quarter-final next weekend.
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