HANDING Daniel Candeias a new contract was a “no-brainer” according to manager Graeme Murty.

The Portuguese this week put pen to paper on an extended deal which takes him through to the summer of 2021, and Murty was delighted to see one of his top performers commit their future to the club.

The manager told today’s press conference: “The guys understand the vision that we have and the journey we are on to try and improve our lot and get back to the top in this country, and they are on-board.

“They want to be here and they wouldn’t sign contracts of that length if they didn’t want to. We are delighted with the form Daniel has shown throughout the season and we are delighted with the person he is and the positives he adds to the group.

“For us, it was really a no-brainer to go to Daniel and ask him ‘do you want to be here longer-term?’ and he didn’t hesitate – he wants to be here and that is a fantastic statement from him.

“You come in every day, and he is here before you as he needs to get his nutrition right, and he gets his prehab right, and he then trains at a fantastic intensity.

“He then gets his nutrition after right and he makes sure he comes in on his days off, you start to understand the measure of the guy as a professional, and he is someone who lives how I want them to live.

“He installs the virtues of a very, very top professional, and that has been revealed not only in his displays, but in the intensity of his displays.

“Physically, he has been immense for us, and we are delighted with what he has done.”

In more positive news this week, Rangers have had a number of players called up for international duty, including Declan John, who has won a return to the Wales side.

Murty added: “I think there are a few elements to that one. There is the element that you can come to Rangers and be recognised internationally – that is an important statement to make.

“There’s the gamble Declan took with his career to come here and stretch himself. He could have stayed where he was, but he wanted to go and test himself and he deserves recognition for that as well.

“But also, Declan sat with us earlier and said now he wants to get better and use this as a springboard to improve.

“For me, as a developer of people, and a manager of a young man, it is music to my ears as he understands he is not the finished article – he wants to improve, he wants to get better and he understands this is an environment where I can do that.”

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