Done deal: Rangers complete swoop for 23-year-old
By Danny Wright
Rangers confirmed on Wednesday that they have signed centre-back Fabio Cardoso on a three-year deal from Portuguese club Vitoria Setubal.
A statement on the Light Blues’ official club website said that “Pedro Caixinha has now added another highly-rated Portuguese defender to his squad” after already securing the services of Bruno Alves.
Cardoso, 23, is the fourth signing that the Glasgow giants have made since the season ended, with Alves, Ryan Jack and Dalcio all having their switches to Ibrox confirmed.
Caixinha has announced that he has great expectations of his newly acquired enforcer.
“He is a player who everyone describes as having big potential to be one of the centre-halves of the future with the Portuguese national team,” said the Gers boss on the club’s official website.
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“We believe in him and he can perform on the right or on the left which is good in a centre-half.”
Cardoso began his career with Benfica but failed to make a single first-team appearance while featuring heavily for their B team, who play in the Portuguese second tier.
He moved to Vitoria Setubal on a four-year deal in 2016 and made 27 appearances in all competitions for them, scoring once in a 2-0 cup win against Santa Clara during October.
However just one year into that contract he will now find himself at Ibrox as the Light Blues look to close down the gap between themselves and treble winners Celtic.
Cardoso has represented every youth level for Portugual between the Under-15s and Under-20s.
Football Insider Verdict
Caixinha has now made four signings for Rangers ahead of the star of their Europa League campaign later this month – and it must be said that he seems to be doing a good job. There were doubts about the signing of Dalcio, but the acquisitions of Cardoso and Alves could become one of the best defensive partnerships in Scotland after what has been a poor year for most of the Gers centre-backs. Cardoso is only 23 and was very highly rated during his youth days with Benfica. The Ibrox faithful will be hoping that he can reach that potential in Glasgow and help Caixinha and his men have a very successful season.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has revealed what fans can expect from Dalcio.