Rangers senior star has been lucky to avoid criticism after Hampden debacle
Rangers winger Daniel Candeias was one of a number of Gers stars who were involved in embarrassing scenes during Sunday’s 4-0 Scottish Cup capitulation against Celtic – and the winger has been lucky to avoid criticism for his childish strop after being substituted.
Candeias, 30, stormed up the tunnel right after being taken off and replaced by Bruno Alves as manager Graeme Murty tried to shore-up his defence following Ross McCrorie’s red card early in the second-half.
The Portuguese ace has been one of the Gers’ best performers this season but there is no excusing his actions when he was taken off and showed a lack of respect for the fans, his team-mates and the coaching staff.
As a senior player in the squad, Candeias should be a role-model for the younger players at Ibrox and although he was understandably frustrated at being taken off with the Gers 2-0 down, it wasn’t as if he had been unplayable.
The former Benfica player was, like the rest of his team-mates, having a pretty woeful afternoon and it could have been any one of them who was replaced by Alves to restore a fourth man to the ‘Gers’ defence.
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The Gers return to action on Sunday when they welcome Hearts to Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership and it will be interesting to see if there are any repercussions for Candeias’ actions or if everything is forgiven and forgotten and the winger will take his usual berth on the right flank.