It seems Rangers are set to let Portuguese defender Fabio Cardoso leave the club this summer. Steven Gerrard has confirmed he spoke to Cardoso and Emmanuel Herrera about their futures at Ibrox. As reported by the Scottish Sun, the pair were told first-team football was going to be limited in Glasgow.
For Cardoso, in particular, it will be hard news to take. The defender arrived with a reputation as a top young Portuguese talent after an impressive campaign with Vitoria Setubal. But he never quite settled into life at Rangers. His poor performances against Progres Niederkorn and a broken nose destabilised his time at Rangers. Once Pedro Caixinha was gone, Cardoso was nowhere near the first-team.
He loves it in Scotland. In January he told the Herald:
“I love life in Scotland, I enjoy it. It’s impossible not to enjoy playing for Glasgow Rangers. I’ve never played for a big club in big stadiums like here.
“I’ve never felt support from fans like I do here, it’s amazing. The support we get is unbelievable. They’re so passionate and that’s why feel we have to do more for them and the club. It’s a massive club with huge history. It’s an honour for me to be part of it.”
So giving him the boot is going to be a ruthless move from the Rangers manager. But Gerrard clearly has his own vision of how the club should run and who should be at the back.
The summer signings of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic now look likely to take up that mantle and it leaves nowhere for Cardoso to fit in at Ibrox.
With money tight and Cardoso still something of a commodity back in his homeland Rangers can hope to recoup a good fee for the £1.3 million Caixinha signing.
A ruthless but correct call from the new Rangers manager. Hopefully, it pays off in the long run.