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Rangers had a howler with Portuguese centre-back in 2018

Glasgow Rangers have endured and enjoyed failures and successes in the transfer market over the years, whether that has been with Giovanni van Bronckhorst or another manager at the helm.

Accepting that not every move is going to work out brilliantly for the club is part and parcel of the transfer window, with players potentially not living up to their price tag or leaving and going on to bigger things than initially expected.

One player the club had a howler with was central defender Fabio Cardoso. He arrived in Glasgow in the summer of 2017 and signed a three-year contract, with then-boss Pedro Caixinha hailing the gem’s talent, saying:

“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.

“We believe in him and he can perform on the right or on the left which is good in a centre-half.”

Cardoso played 18 matches in all competitions for the Light Blues throughout the 2017/18 campaign as he worked to adapt to Scottish football. However, he suffered a brutal injury to his nose against Motherwell and that stunted his progress at Ibrox and may have played a part in his lack of minutes.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Caixinha had left the club before the start of the 2018/19 season and the centre-back had a brand new manager to impress in Steven Gerrard.

The former Liverpool player came in and made a quick decision on Cardoso as the club mutually agreed to the termination of his contract at the end of July 2018.

This meant that they allowed a £1.3m signing to leave for nothing after a year, and 18 competitive appearances, which is a blunder in itself. At the time of the move, Transfermarkt valued him at £810k.

However, the real howler came because of what happened after he left Ibrox. The gem joined CD Santa Clara on a free transfer as he returned to his home country and he caught the eye with 11 goals in 97 matches as a centre-back.

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Journalist Josh Bunting previously described him as “excellent” whilst at the Portuguese club and his impressive form earned him a move to Porto in the summer of 2021.

The 28-year-old tank has played 23 games for his current club in all competitions since making the move and has played twice in the group stages of the Champions League.

At the time of writing (21/09/22), Transfermarkt value the centre-back at £2.7m. This means that his value has rocketed by 233% since departing from Rangers in 2018, which is why Gerrard had a howler by deciding to part ways with him for nothing.

He could have given the defender a chance to prove himself throughout the 2018/19 campaign before making a decision on his future the following summer. Instead, he made a call after working with him for a short period of time and his career post-Ibrox suggests that the Englishman got that transfer wrong.