Cardoso delivers verdict on Murty after being axed from Rangers first-team
Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso has revealed that he likes working under Ibrox boss Graeme Murty despite having been axed from the first-team since the 43-year-old replaced Pedro Caixinha as manager
The 23-year-old Portuguese admitted he liked Murty’s openness and the fact he “never hides or plays games” after taking the reins in October.
Caixinha signed Cardoso over the summer from Vitoria Setubal as he revamped the squad he inherited from Mark Warburton in March.
Cardoso has only made one competitive appearance under Murty after being ever-present under Caixinha and hopes to win his place back in the side as the season progresses.
“I’m enjoying working with the new manager. He tells you things face to face, he never hides or plays games. I like the way he trains us. He understands UK football because he played in it,” Cardoso said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“We’re getting better and every day we’re playing more like the manager wants us to play. It’s going to be a big second half of the season for me because I want to get back in the team. I want to help the team to win games. We’ll do all we can to win every game and put pressure on the team in first position.”
Cardoso has made 15 competitive appearances for the Gers since arriving at Ibrox in the summer.
The defender was the only player to play a full 90 minutes uninterrupted during the club’s trip to Florida to take part in the Florida Cup after playing the full game in the 4-2 win over Corinthians on Saturday night.
With Bruno Alves and Ross McCrorie injured, Cardoso will be hoping for a recall when the Gers return to domestic action later this month.
After a week’s training at the Gers’ Auchenhowie training base, the Light Blues travel north to face Highland League minnows Fraserburgh in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at tiny Bellslea Park.
Three days later, Murty’s side welcome Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen to Ibrox in the first Scottish Premiership game of 2018 knowing a win would see them leapfrog the Dons into second in the table.
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