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Article from the Evening Times, thought it was quite an interesting read. 

The Portuguese journalist, João Pedro Cordeiro, doesn't seem to rate Dalcio and thinks Candeias is suited to counter attacking team, says he lacks creativity. However, for all I know João Pedro Cordeiro is the Portuguese Keith Jackson. Also the article refers to Candeias as a defender which is news to me.

The Portuguese view on Pedro Caixinha, Rangers and his signings

Scott Mullen Group sports writer

RANGERS are now entering their second week of pre-season as Pedro Caixinha's preparations for next season step up once more.

A host of signings have already arrived in Glasgow, including the likes of Portuguese trio Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso and forward Dalcio. The link to Caixinha's homeland doesn't stop there with Benfica's forgotten defender Daniel Candeias.

Today, SportTimes has spoken to journalist João Pedro Cordeiro who has been monitoring the reaction to the 46-year-old back in Portugal.

Here, he gives us his view on how the former Al Gharafa head coach's interest has risen while giving us the lowdown on his new recruits.

How is Pedro Caixinha viewed in Portugal?

Curiously, Caixinha became a more respected coach after he left Portugal and after the work he did in Mexico. It was a big surprise that after that he went to Al Gharafa.

In Portugal he did solid jobs in Leiria and in Nacional but didn't really overachieve. At that time, Leiria was a midtable club and Nacional a contender for Europa League places already, so he left Portugal as a medium quality manager. He then made himself a great reputation when he led Santos to Copa MX and Liga MX titles.

Has his work at Rangers attracted attention? Are people taking notice of Scottish football now in Portugal?

It did. Before Caixinha went to Rangers people didn't really gave much attention to Scottish football and right now there are news about Rangers and Celtic pretty much everyday. Naturally, Rangers became more popular.

The most important sports television channel, SportTV, didn't show much of Scottish football until then, but after that they did actually broadcast Old Firm games and the Scottish Cup Final.

I truly believe they will now broadcast Rangers games regularly next season, even if that's not confirmed yet.

There does seem an invasion of Portugal players. Bruno Alves in particular. What has been the reaction to this?

People saw this as a real show of intent of Rangers. Going from Clint Hill to a Portuguese international and a regular first team in Fernando Santos' team is a huge step up.

Even though he's ageing, Bruno Alves can still do a very decent job. Fábio Cardoso is also a good young prospect and have been seen as a future Portuguese international.

Dalcio, though, is a bit of a surprise and an intriguing signing as he is yet to show particular talent at senior level.

What can you tell us about Daniel Candeias? Would he be good for Rangers? Has he been unlucky at Benfica?

Candeias is a limited player to play in a team like Benfica who see the vast majority of the ball every game. Against tight defences, he's not creative enough to make a difference.

Candeias is a player for a fast break attacking teams. He has pace and he's a vertical player, but not exactly versatile. Despite that, he can be a good fit for Rangers and fits perfectly in the way Caixinha usually plays, as he usually instructs his players to defend deep and counter fast and aggressively.

He's an energetic winger with good workrate who tracks back and helps the full back defending and can do that all day long. At Benfica, however, he always had way greater players ahead of him. Also, he was never signed by Benfica to play in the first team. He was a business oportunity for the club.

That's why he always went on loan, so he can get playing time so he could value and leave later for a profit. Which is what is happening.

What else can you tell me about Pedro or his signings?

It is right to say that Caixinha was looking for people and players who could transport his own mindset and personality into the field.

Bruno Alves, Fábio Cardoso and Candeias are exactly that, aggressive players with loads of workrate that die on the field for the shirts they are playing for.

Dalcio is the weird one, as I said, and if he gets to be successful in Scotland it will be a big surprise.

Pedro's a strong personality and sometimes gets himself in trouble with some players because of that but he's also fearless and has no problem to make unpopular decisions

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2 minutes ago, Jack The Flipper said:

That was interesting, I don't have a problem with anything that was said. Sounds like a very honest assessment.

I have the same feelings for each of those players and I have very limited knowledge of them all - just what I've read online mostly.

Fair interview.

Yeah from the signings so far Dalcio and Candeias are the ones who I'm least excited about. Not writing them off already, just don't seem to have the same pedigree as the others looking at their playing histories.

Makes sense that the one who is untested at a decent level has only been brought in on loan.

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Just now, Amato said:

Yeah from the signings so far Dalcio and Candeias are the ones who I'm least excited about. Not writing them off already, just don't seem to have the same pedigree as the others looking at their playing histories.

Makes sense that the one who is untested at a decent level has only been brought in on loan.

Good point, so he's not really too much of a gamble.

Candeias though, it's not often when you see a best of youtube video that puts you off a player - this happened when I watched him.

Hope I'm wrong though.

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Just now, Jack The Flipper said:

Good point, so he's not really too much of a gamble.

Candeias though, it's not often when you see a best of youtube video that puts you off a player - this happened when I watched him.

Hope I'm wrong though.

If true that he's just a speed demon lacking the creativity to play in a team who dominate possession then you'd think it's a strange signing.

Maybe he's been brought in for the later stages of the Europa league where we might need to soak up the pressure then hit Arsenal on the break :mutley:

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The views on Dalcio and Candeias seem to mirror those that we've heard before. Dalcio is a real unknown quantity, so we'll just have to wait and see what he turns out like. Candeias is the one that I've been most underwhelmed by, but if he fits Pedro's game plan and we can get the best out of him then he'll do.

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Dalcio and Candy-ass will be back up more than anything, if they can break into the starting 11 then good for them, they've got my backing. But I fully expect them to be here as back-up players. 

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It's amazing how Pedro was belittled by everyone in Scotland a couple months back, every guy and their dug in the media taking a swipe at him

But when you read balanced views from foreign journalists, they all comment on how tremendously respected Pedro is and how he's been a pretty solid manager to date

The more I see his signings, the things he says, the plan he's got for us, the more I'm starting to trust him. Here's hoping these players can do it on the pitch. 

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Last thing, I like the part about defending deep and breaking fast and aggressive, similar to the way Walter Smith set the team up during his second spell as manager and also similar to a lot of other successful managers like Pedro's auld pal Jose.

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36 minutes ago, Gaz52 said:

 the more I'm starting to trust him.

Gaz .I don't know how you can say that . The humping we took at Ibrox should be a warning to every bear

Yes we have made signings . What was the other option? . Surely we had to buy players

However . It's the play on the park that will convince me ,one way or the other .

Not all the signings he makes . Although ,it's always more optimistic bringing new faces in .

I still don't trust him but I'm willing to be convinced

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9 minutes ago, eejay the dj said:

Gaz .I don't know how you can say that . The humping we took at Ibrox should be a warning to every bear

Yes we have made signings . What was the other option? . Surely we had to buy players

However . It's the play on the park that will convince me ,one way or the other .

Not all the signings he makes . Although ,it's always more optimistic bringing new faces in .

I still don't trust him but I'm willing to be convinced

Difference between blind faith and exercising some caution.

Like I've said before - the board especially should never be blindly trusted - but this doesn't mean that you cant support it simply means you're watching them in case it does start to go tits up.

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3 hours ago, eejay the dj said:

The ST money must all have been spent .

It seems to have gone slow already and we are now signing the players ,I thought we would be bringing in . Loan mediocre signings

 

Huh? How many loans so far? One as far as I can tell, and haven't we signed one for a fee since then with another one coming in shortly.

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