Rangers winger Daniel Candeias was one of the Gers’ stand-out performers last season – but the Portuguese ace could find himself frozen out at Ibrox as Steven Gerrard’s squad takes shape.
Candeias had a fantastic debut season in Scotland and signed a new deal towards the end of the campaign to extend his stay until 2020.
With Gerrard now looking at a number of attacking options, the 30-year-old could be second-guessing that decision with his place in the starting XI looking to be under threat.
If the Gers do bring in the likes of Wilson or Kent, it seems unlikely they wouldn’t feature regularly in the side – Bristol City had to pay Liverpool £500,000 after Kent didn’t make enough starts during his loan last season, according to Goal.
Gers fans quickly took to Candeias and the former Benfica winger is a big favourite for his hard-working performances down the right flank.
Candeias’ form, arguably, had a big impact on James Tavernier too with the full-back having his best season since joining the Light Blues three years ago.
If Candeias was to be axed to make way for a new signing, Gerrard will need to be certain that whoever takes his place offers as much to the team as Candeias – both going forward and in defence.
Gerrard will face some tough decisions as his first game approaches – and axing Candeias could prove to be a particularly unpopular one.
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