RANGERS travel to Parkhead next Sunday for the third Old Firm derby of the season, and Daniel Candeias insists the win over Celtic back in December gave the side a huge boost of confidence.

Winger Candeias was outstanding for Gers, as all 11 men on the park for the Light Blues were, when they recorded a 1-0 win over the other half of the Old Firm thanks to Ryan Jack’s goal just before the turn of the year.

The show Steven Gerrard’s side put on that day was the pinnacle of the season for Candeias, and he hopes the current international break will help Gers rest up and go to the other side of town to turn in a similar effort.

He explained: “The last game against them was our best performance. Now this break is important to recover the players who have injuries as they are important players for the team.

“It makes the team stronger. Winning the last game has given the team more confidence.”

Candeias has the experience of scoring in the fixture, and while the individual moment was a fantastic moment for the Portuguese, he hopes if he scores against them again it will mean so much more.

He continued: “Of course, it was a happy moment to score in the best game in Scotland, but I hope my next goal against Celtic will help the team to win the game.”

Asked if the current international break had come at a good time for Rangers, Candeias responded: “I think so. It has been a long season this year, and it is good to rest the body. We have a lot of players in the national teams, but I think this time to recover will help us to be fresh for next week.”

On top of the Old Firm win, there have been plenty of highlights for Gers this season, and he continued: “There have been so many good things from this year like playing in the Europa League where we had a fantastic atmosphere in Ibrox and some great nights.

“It was fantastic for the club to come again to Europe, and next season, we want to improve even more.”

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