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The web of connections linking Rangers’ new arrivals is a major positive


The Rangers boss is almost exclusively signing players that have worked with him, or each other, in the past.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands with Pedro MendesNew Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands with Pedro Mendes

A fifth Rangers signing of the summer was confirmed last weekend, when Daniel Candeias posed for pictures at Ibrox clutching a scarf bearing the club’s famous colours.

The Portuguese winger is the fourth player that Pedro Caixinha has acquired from his homeland, and the intertwining links between the Gers boss and those players could prove to be a big factor in the Glasgow club’s fortunes this season.

Candeias is the first new arrival that has previously worked with the 46-year-old tactician, having played under Caixinha at Nacional between 2011 and 2012.

Daniel Candeias (L) in action for NacionalDaniel Candeias (L) in action for Nacional

However, the 29-year-old journeyman also knows Bruno Alves, Rangers’ first acquisition of the summer, from their time together at Porto. And the links don’t end there.

Candeias told RangersTV (as reported by the Evening Times) that he trained with Fabio Cardoso at Benfica, a club where Cardoso and new loanee Dalcio have B Team appearances in common.

Fenerbahce's Bruno Alves in action with Celtic's Leigh GriffithsFenerbahce's Bruno Alves in action with Celtic's Leigh Griffiths

Building such a tight network within the new arrivals at the club could prove to be a genius move when all is said and done next season.

Not only will the new boys help each other settle, but their familiarity on the pitch can only be seen as a positive as Caixinha starts to plug them into his new look first XI.

Fabio CardosoFabio Cardoso

Even Caixinha's non-Portuguese signing, former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack, has a history playing with Danny Wilson and Jason Holt in Scotland's U21s.

Don’t expect the Portuguese manager to drop the strategy any time soon either. Reported imminent signing Eduardo Herrera is another with a previous working relationship with the former goalkeeper.

The Mexican striker, who the Daily Record say will finalise a switch to Glasgow soon, worked with Caixinha at Santos Laguna, scoring four goals in 23 games.

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