14 Mar Daniel Candeias wants medals after extending stay at Rangers
Daniel Candeias says he is desperate to kick-off his Rangers medal collection after pledging his future to the Ibrox side until 2020.
The Portuguese winger has agreed a one-year extension to the deal he originally penned after sealing his £700,000 switch from his Benfica last summer.
The 30-year-old is keen to put down roots following a nomadic career that has seen him chalk up stints with 12 other clubs, including Porto, Nuremberg and Metz.
Throughout that time, Candeias has never managed to lift a major trophy – but now he hopes that will change with the Light Blues.
Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Celtic has ended faint hopes Graeme Murty’s men could halt the champions’ charge for their seventh straight league crown but with the Old Firm rivals set to square off in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final next
month, Candeias is keeping his fingers crossed.
He told RangersTV: “The people want us to win trophies, and so do the players.
“This is the greatest club in the world when it comes to trophies, and now I want to win trophies with Rangers too.”
Signed by former boss Pedro Caixinha, Candeias was an unknown proposition when he checked into Ibrox back in June following a career that includes eight different loan spells to clubs in Portugal, Spain, Germany, France and Turkey.
But he has quickly established himself as one of the most efficient performers in the Ladbrokes Premiership. He leads the top flight assist charts having laid on eight goals for his team-mate, while his strike against Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops
was his sixth of the campaign so far.
And he admits he is relishing the responsibility now being asked of him as he looks to a long-term future in Glasgow.
“It is so good for me and I am very happy to sign this new contract with this club,” he said.
“It is a great club and I like the responsibilities that come with that.
“I love wearing the shirt and I will give 200 per cent for this club.
“I am very happy here as it is like a family. Everyone has welcomed me so well and my family are so happy with the city and the people.
“When everything is like this, it makes it so much easier.
“I am very happy with my performances, but that is down to the team playing well. I work hard every day to prepare for the games.
“In these seven or eight months I have worked hard for the team, and now I want more of the same. I have more responsibility now and want to continue the way I have.”