Former Rangers winger Daniel Candeias has heaped praise on manager Steven Gerrard after his exit from Ibrox in the summer. 

The 31-year-old joined Turkish side Genclerbirligi in July and he’s rediscovered his form, with three goals and three assists in eight league games.

He spent two years at Rangers where he scored 14 goals and added 25 assists in 97 games but he fell out of favour under Gerrard and was left out of the first Europa squad in the summer.

That led to him wanting to explore other avenues and, despite having a year left on his contract in Scotland, Rangers reluctantly let him leave.

Plenty of Rangers fans were gutted when he left but there are no hard feelings from their former attacker towards Gerrard – in fact, the opposite is true.

Talking to Turkish outlet Ojogo, Candeias said, “Gerrard is on his way to being a great coach, in the image of what he was as a player.

“He intervenes when the game asks, not like the ones who fight on the sideline, he talks to the players at the right time.

“He’s calm and doesn’t fail to say what is needed, but if he has to be aggressive, he’ll speak in the locker room.

“The experience he has accumulated as a player has been important, he can pass it on to the players. In European competition, everyone will be aware of what they will face.”

It’s a classy interview from a player who was very popular at Ibrox and he’ll have endeared himself to fans even more now.

Rangers will need all of Gerrard’s experience when they travel to Porto in their next game in the Europa League on Thursday.

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