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Rangers Winger Daniel Candeias Explains Why He Thinks Pedro Caixinha Was Sacked

Rangers Winger Daniel Candeias Explains Why He Thinks Pedro Caixinha Was Sacked

Rangers midfielder Daniel Candeias has explained why he thinks Pedro Caixinha was sacked as the club’s manager, and how the Portuguese coach reacted when the axe fell.

Caixinha was given his marching orders at Ibrox last month, after lasting less than nine months and 30 league games in the Scottish Premiership.

Candeias was one of his recruits during the transfer window last summer, and the 29-year-old has been one of Rangers’ more successful acquisitions so far.

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During the international break, Candeias has been speaking to the Portuguese media about his spell in Glasgow, how he is being treated by supporters, and why he thinks an embarrassing Europa League elimination played a big part in Caixinha’s dismissal.

Speaking via Portuguese newspaper Record, via Sport Witness, he said: “Everything has gone very well.

“I adapted easily even for having a Portuguese manager at the start of the season and I played a lot so far.

“The atmosphere in the games is fantastic, the stadiums are always full and the motivation is not lacking. I’m happy at Rangers.

“Feedback is good. The people like me and I feel cherished by our fans in every game.

“As far as I can tell, there is still no song for me, but when I do something in the games, they move a lot. It’s always good to feel this support.

“The (Europe) elimination marked the season for Caixinha. Left him at work in a certain way, conditioned. The club wanted to play in Europe and it wasn’t possible.

“But the manager always gave everything for the club and protected the group.

“It’s already known that in football, a whole squad is never dismissed and the coach is the one who ends up paying.

“It was in that (Motherwell) game that everything changed. We were clearly the best team, but there were strange things in that game. For example, they broke the nose of Fábio Cardoso and the opponent didn’t even get a yellow. It was difficult to manage.”

And on the day Caixinha was given his marching orders, Caixnha added: “No. He didn’t say anything. But I also believe that everything went very quickly.

“We now have to focus on the future and continue the work so that we can smile at the end.”

There’s no doubt losing to Luxembourg minnows Progrès Niederkorn put Caixinha on the back foot, but what do you make of Candeias’s comments?

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