Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that Daniel Candeias has requested to leave the club this summer, with the Portuguese attacker closing in on a move to Turkish side Genclerbirligi.
The versatile winger is one of only a few of Pedro Caixinha’s signings to have made an impact in Scotland – but now looks set to call time on his Ibrox stay.
“I had a conversation on Wednesday with Daniel and he said he wanted to go and speak to a team in Turkey. We’ve had an approach and we had a real adult conversation,” Rangers boss Gerrard told BBC Sport.
“I said I wanted him to stay and fight for the shirt and be part of the squad but he said he wants to go and explore the situation in Turkey so we reluctantly but respectfully granted him permission.
“He’s a good man and been a good servant so we’ll see how that one develops. I have to respect Daniel and keep a lot of the conversation private but it boils down to him wanting to be a regular starter.”
Candeias has been tremendous in his last two Ibrox appearances and scored three excellent goals playing in a more attacking midfield role.
However, given Gerrard’s comments, it looks like Candeias has played his last game for Rangers with the two fabulous goals he scored against Marseille.
By signing the likes of Sheyi Ojo, Jake Hastie, Greg Stewart, Jordan Jones and Joe Aribo, it has created an overload.
It has certainly strengthened Gerrard’s first-team options, but has left Rangers having to release a number of players.
Candeias wasn’t included in the Europa League qualifying squad. This seemed to confirm that he would not be playing in as many games this season.
He played 52 times in Gerrard’s first season, but unfortunately, he no longer appears to be a major part of the Rangers manager’s plans for this season.
If his quality performances against Oxford and Marseille couldn’t keep Candeias at Ibrox, then nothing will. It was his best games for Rangers.
The Gers will be hoping they receive a decent transfer fee from the Turkish side.