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Portuguese winger Candeias signs for Gers from Benfica

By Andy Newport

Rangers have signed winger Daniel Candeias from Benfica on a two-year contract. The 29-year-old wide player is a former Portugal age-group international who has yet to make a full international appearance.

He joined Benfica from Nacional in 2014 but failed to make a first-team breakthrough with the and has instead spent the last three seasons on loan to clubs outside Portugal.

After stints with German side Nurnberg, Spanish outfit Granada, French club Metz and Turkish top-flight newcomers Alanyaspor, he has taken up the chance to move to Scotland.

He joins up for a second time with Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha, who had Candeias in his squad at Nacional in 2011/12.

A statement said: "Rangers are delighted to announce the signing of Daniel Candeias on a two-year-deal from Portuguese side Benfica." Rangers are rebuilding after a tough season back in the Premiership, when they began with high hopes of challenging Celtic but finished a distant third behind their unbeaten city rivals.

"The coach knows me really well and it was with him that I gave my best performances," said Candeias. "I believe he'll be able to bring that out of me here.

"Pedro called me and explained everything about the club and the project. Knowing him and hearing what he told me I would have never been able to say no to this project.

"I am a fast player, I have technique but I would prefer other people to judge me, I don't really like to say what kind of player I am."

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