Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has confirmed Daniel Candeias is in talks with Genclerbirligi because he cannot guarantee him first-team football at Ibrox.
The Portuguese winger was surprisingly omitted from the Europa League squad for the games against St Joseph’s and the player has decided that he needs to be playing football week in week out at this point in his career.
Gerrard is disappointed at Candeias’s decision but he understands why a move to Genclerbirligi would attract him:
“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.”
Sheyi Ojo and Jordan Jones are likely to be club’s first-choice wingers heading into the campaign, and Jake Hastie and Greg Stewart are also options from the flanks.
With Jamie Murphy also on the comeback trail after a serious knee injury, and with there still being a possibility that Ryan Kent will return to the club on loan, things are certainly looking quite crowded on the wings.
Candeias seems to be destined to leave, then, following two seasons in Scotland. The 31-year-old has scored 14 goals and provided 25 assists in 97 appearances for the Gers.