By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha has told Rangers supporters that they can expect some very exciting displays from new signing Dalcio.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the 21-year-old has moved to Ibrox on a season-long loan from Benfica, where he has spent two seasons playing for the B team in the Portuguese second tier.
Caixinha expects Dalcio to play more of a role on the flank, rather than in the centre of midfield where he can also be deployed, and produce some thrilling performances with his direct style of play.
“He is aggressive looking for the one-v-one and looking for finishing and he can perform on the right or left,” said the Gers manager to Rangers TV, as quoted on the club’s official website.
“Last season he was also playing as an inside midfielder, so in a team who played in a 4-3-3 he was the midfielder who could perform as the inside left midfielder and he also did well there.
“I bring him here to play him more in the wide areas and more as a winger. If he plays on the left his style of play is different and his relationship with the full-back is also different.”
Dalcio moved to Benfica from Beleneses in 2015 after making a handful of Liga Pro appearances.
He played a key role in helping the Benfica B team finish fourth in the Portuguese second tier, as they ended up higher than all other youth teams that are ineligible for promotion.
The former Portugal Under-20 international played 33 in all competitions times, scoring one goal and supplying three assists in the recently-ended campaign.
Caixinha has now made three signings this summer ahead of Gers’ Europa League qualification openers later this month with Bruno Alves and Ryan Jack being the first two confirmed arrivals.
It is expected that Rangers are ready to make big changes to their squad over the summer after a poor return to the Scottish Premiership revealed how major the gap is between themselves and Celtic.
In other Rangers news, Alex Rae has said how Caixinha has used his advice at Ibrox.