Could Daniel Candeias prove to be Caixinha's parting gift to Rangers?

Manager of Rangers Pedro Caixinha walks out to inspect the pitch before the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Glasgow Rangers winger is starting to prove his worth on a consistent basis.

Sporting's Peruan forward Andre Carillo (L) vies with Nacional's forward Daniel Candeias (L) during their Portuguese football match at Madeira Stadium in Funchal on April 22, 2012. AFP...

Given Rangers' struggles this season, it was no real surprise to see Pedro Caixinha relieved of his managerial duties at the end of last month, but could the Portuguese have left a parting gift at Ibrox?

While many of his foreign signings have flattered to deceive, Daniel Candeias has quietly settled into Scottish football, and his latest performance speaks of better things to come.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

While Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso et al could face a prolonged spell on the periphery at Rangers, Candeias continues to start, and his goal and assist in a 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle on Saturday proved exactly why caretaker boss Graeme Murty was not going to ditch him in the overhaul.

Caixinha's hit-and-miss transfer policy certainly played a part in his doomed tenure. However, Candeias could become an integral player for Rangers if he keeps his head down and replicates his best form at Ibrox.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Unlike Dalcio, Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera, Candeias has shown glimpses of real quality and it could be the departure of his countryman that somewhat ironically helps him become a star of Scottish football.

With four goals and five assists for Rangers this season, the 29-year-old is heading in the right direction and, whoever takes the job permanently, expect Candeias to be one of the first names on the team sheet for as long as he continues to shine.

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