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'Amazing player' - Fabio Cardoso is blown away by Rangers teammate

By James Black

Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso hailed team-mate Ross McCrorie as the ‘future of Scotland’ after the 19-year-old’s introduction to the Rangers first-team.

McCrorie started three games alongside Cardoso in the Ibrox side’s starting XI and Cardoso could speak highly enough of the young defender.

Cardoso was also full of praise for compatriot Bruno Alves after the 35-year-old made his return to the side after the injury which gave McCrorie his opportunity – calling it an “honour” to play with the 95-times capped defender.

“Playing with Bruno is an honour for me but last week I played with Ross and he is an amazing player, he is very young and has a lot of potential,” Cardoso told RangersTV, as quoted by the club website.

“I think he is going to be the future of Scotland because he is very good with the ball and without, I like him a lot.

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“It is good for me being with Bruno too because we are always talking, he has a lot of experience and he commands me and demands a lot of me.”

Cardoso joined the Gers from Vitoria Setubal and has been a key player in Pedro Caixinha’s side this season.

The 23-year-old has already played alongside a variety of partners in central defence with McCrorie, Alves and David Bates all partnering Cardoso at some stage this season.

The Portuguese defender should start alongside Alves next weekend at Hampden against Motherwell and he will be hoping to help the Gers to a League Cup final.

The defender has had some shaky moments at the heart of defence but has done well enough given the circumstances.

With Alves in dominant form against the Saints, it might just help Cardoso improve too.

In other Rangers news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.

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