Rangers winger Daniel Candeias has admitted he has more “responsibility” after being named the club’s Player of the Year last season – but insists his priority is the “group and the team.”
The Portuguese ace scored eight times and contributed 13 assists last season as he shone in his debut season with the Ibrox giants.
Candeias also believes that the side has got “stronger” after manager Steven Gerrard added six new faces to his squad.
“Now I have more responsibility because I was Player of the Year but I will always work the same, the first thing in my head is always the group and the team,” Candeias said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
“If you can get more assists and more goals then I will be happy but that is never my priority. Of course I want more goals and assists because that is good for the team but in my head I am never the first thing.
“Some great players have joined the club and the team has got stronger, for Rangers that is fantastic.
“I think this is an important time for Rangers, we need trophies and it’s a big season for the club.”
Football Insider verdict:
Candeias had a great debut season for the Gers and deservedly picked up the club’s Player of the Year award but with a glut of new players arriving at Ibrox there is arguably less pressure on the 30-year-old. Additions like Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria should take some of the reliance on the former Benfica ace away and spread the responsibility for creating chance out a bit more. That said, Candeias was such an important part of the Gers attack last season that he will want to push himself on to improve on last season’s stats. The upcoming European ties will be a great chance to show he deserves to stay in the starting XI and build on the experience gained from a difficult first season in Scotland. Last summer’s signings have seen some of the lows that can come with playing for the Gers but can only learn from that experience in the future.
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