Former Rangers man Fabio Cardoso looks set to join Porto this summer, which suggests that he may have been judged too soon during his time at Ibrox.
The Portuguese defender was perhaps a victim of Pedro Caixinha’s lack of success during his time with the Bears, as he made just 18 appearances during his singular season with Rangers, before completing a move to Santa Clara in Portugal.
After Caixinha’s sacking in October 2017, he would make just four appearances totalling 209 minutes under caretaker boss Graeme Murty, and whilst that was undoubtedly impacted by the horror injury he received in the Betfred Cup semi-final, it was perhaps no surprise to see him axed the following summer.
The £1.8m-rated centre-back was signed from Vitoria Setubal in the summer of 2017 and agreed to a three-year contract at Ibrox. However, he would last less than 12 months with the Gers, as he was allowed to join Santa Clara on a free transfer the following summer, as he failed to win over newly-appointed manager Steven Gerrard.
Since then, he has made 97 appearances for Santa Clara, contributing an impressive 11 goals and five assists from centre-back, which was clearly enough to attract the interest of Portuguese giants and two-times Champions League winners Porto, who are reportedly set to sign him for £2m this summer.
After finishing second in the Portuguese top-flight next season, Porto will be taking part in the Champions League next season, so Cardoso could well be reunited with his former Rangers teammates should they meet at any point in the competition.
If he is a success with the Dragões, then you could definitely argue that Rangers were too quick to let him go, as given more time and the coaching of Gerrard, who has helped turn Rangers into clean sheet kings during his time at Ibrox, Cardoso could have proven himself to be an important player for the Bears.