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7th Sep, 2017 | 4:55pm

Caixinha has me running three times more than I'm used to - Rangers summer signing speaks out

By James Black

Rangers new boy Fabio Cardoso has admitted he’s been surprised by the standard of Scottish football since his summer move from Vitoria Setubal and revealed he runs three times as far in games here as he did in his native Portugal.

The former Benfica youngster has also confessed that, despite games not being as tactical as they are in Portugal, he is loving every minute of playing for Rangers.

“It’s very physical here in Scotland. The teams are very good, but not so good tactically as in other countries like Portugal” he told RangersTV, as quoted on the club website.

“Here it is very physical. I run three times as much as I did in games in Portugal because the way the teams are in the game and they want to score.

“They don’t like to have possession and put ice on the game – no, they want to go, go, go, and the players are in very good shape physically.

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“In the first friendly games I felt a little bit lost but now I’m feeling good and I love playing in Scotland and for Rangers.”

The 23-year-old defender has enjoyed a solid start to his Rangers career playing alongside compatriot Bruno Alves and has greatly improved a Rangers defence which took a hammering last season from fans and pundits alike.

Cardoso, who signed a three-year contract at Ibrox, took a few games to find his feet in Scottish football but has won over the Rangers support with a series of committed performances in blue; Rangers fans already have a song for the defender borrowing from Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 hit ‘September’.

Despite the pressure that comes with playing for one half of the Old Firm, Cardoso is relisihing every second of his time in Scotland and is determined to keep winning and put the Gers into a strong position to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title, telling RangersTV “The only way is winning and working every day. I like the pressure and I like to play at Ibrox – for me it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in football.”

In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller has been blown away by one of the club’s signings.

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