Winger Daniel Candeias has said that Pedro Caixinha wasn’t to blame for his departure from the club after a disastrous reign in Glasgow.
Candeias joined in the summer from Benfica for around £720k and he’s one of the Caxiniha buys that has turned out okay.
The winger has played all but one of the Rangers’ premiership games this season, scoring three goals and adding six assists, and considers Glasgow his home after a journeyman career that’s seen him play for 13 different clubs.
In an interview with a Portuguese magazine, as quoted by the Daily Record, Candeias reveals that he was disappointed when Caixinha left but not entirely surprised.
“Pedro personally invited me to Rangers so I have a lot to thank him for,” Candeias said.
“The problems started with the Europa League. There was a lot of expectation because it was Rangers’ return to Europe. But the loss in Luxembourg shook everyone.
“Then we lost in the League Cup semi-final and that made it really complicated for him.
“When the fans want so much to win, less time is given. I think that’s what betrayed him.
It was not his fault. We players also have to take responsibility for what happened.”
It’s a surprising verdict on a man that not many have much sympathy for at Rangers.
He is widely seen as being a terrible recruit for the club, out of touch with the Scottish traditions and a poor man manager.
He has since been taken on as manager of Mexican side Cruz Azul and he has already turned the fans against him there, and was booed off the pitch in the last game.