Fabio Cardoso has signed for Ranges
The club officially confirmed a deal had been done on their website at 11am today
Who is Fabio Cardoso?
Cardoso is a 23-year-old centre-half who arrives from Vitoria Setubal.
He has played for Portugal at age-group level, the last of which came for the Under-20s.
He is described by the Gers as “a commanding and powerful player who is comfortable on the ball”.
Cardoso started his career with Benfica and played for their ‘B’ team before going on loan to another Primeira Liga side Pacos de Ferreira in January 2015.
Fabio Cardoso is a 23-year-old centre-back
He then moved to Setubal last July having agreed a four-year contract. Last season he made 23 appearances for the club.
Why has he joined?
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has targeted improving his defence. Already he’s moved for Bruno Alves and he sees Cardos as another who can shore up his backline.
Caixinha said: “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.”
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Where will he fit in the Rangers side?
Cardoso is a centre-back – who can play either on the left or right. At least that’s what the Rangers boss is planning.
Caixinha said: “We believe in him and he can perform on the right or on the left which is good in a centre-half.
“We try to organise the centre-halves by thinking about them as a double and I think we have four very good centre-halves who can perform together or independently.
“Fabio is 23 so having an experienced player around like Bruno Alves is good, he is a player whose one main characteristic is leadership so Fabio will feel comfortable and grow and learn from him.”