It is hard to believe Daniel Candeias has flown so far under the radar in the Scottish Premiership this season.
Much of the focus at Rangers has been on the prolific Alfredo Morelos, the rise of Ross McCrorie or the evolution of Josh Windass but the form of their £750,000 man should not be ignored.
In fact, no one has assisted more goals in Scotland’s top flight than Candeias this season. He produced his seventh of the campaign to set Rangers on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win at Partick Thistle on Wednesday night, curving a perfect first-time ball into the path of the grateful Windass, who smashed home emphatically.
Candeias has played for six different clubs since the start of 2014 but appears to have found a home in the blue half of Glasgow.
And while so many of the players brought to Rangers during the reign of Pedro Caixinha flopped spectacularly or failed to live up to expectations, the same criticism cannot be levelled at one of the club’s best bargain buys of recent years.
Candeias was an absolute bargain. Great again tonight— DWH Suck (@MarkLewis1974) February 6, 2018
Said it many times this season but Candeias for under £1M is an absolute steal.— Chris McLaughlin (@Chr1sMcLaughlin) February 6, 2018
The number and quality of chances he creates are terrific. Not a silky player that gets plaudits but great work rate & puts in a great cross— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) February 6, 2018
Good three points, two outstanding goals and a few excellent individual showings. Candeias, again, was just terrific, as was Bates. The way he stepped out of defence in the second half and sent Murphy through was top-drawer— Nick Thomson (@RFC_Nick92) February 6, 2018
Can't believe people still criticise Candeias' delivery— Dan_7 (@DanCrossley_7) February 6, 2018
Candeias has been superb tonight— Andy Ritchie (@AndyRitchie12) February 6, 2018