Rangers supporters have been pretty disappointed in recent times after seeing their side fail to get back to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
Steven Gerrard’s men went into their encounter with bottom team Dundee at Dens Park off the back of losing 1-0 at home to Aberdeen in midweek, and thus in need of all three points on Sunday to return to top spot in the division. Yet the Gers only mustered a 1-1 draw against Jim McIntyre’s side to thus see Celtic leapfrog them in the table, with Andy Halliday’s first half effort only preserving a point for Gerrard’s team against the division’s bottom side.
Thus, there have been many despondent Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more from their side as the campaign progresses given the successful transfer window the Light Blues embarked upon during the summer.
The club were rightly praised for the business they conducted during the close season, with defender Fabio Cardoso one man who made the move away from Ibrox during the summer after just one year at the club.
It was former boss Pedro Caixinha who lured the former Portugal youth international to the Scottish giants back in the summer of 2017 for a hefty £1.35 million (as per Transfermarkt), only for the centre back to flop greatly and thus sum up the ex-Gers chief’s shambolic recruitment during his time in charge.
Ultimately, Caixinha set about overhauling the Rangers squad in his one and only transfer window in charge last year in a bid to take them closer to Old Firm rivals Celtic, and while some additions such as Alfredo Morelos and Daniel Candeias have done well, far too many have flattered to deceive.
Be it Bruno Alves, Carlos Pena, or Eduardo Herrera, Caixinha made some truly awful signings last year, but Cardoso perhaps was the worst of the lot given the money spent on his services, his talent and potential, and thus the expectation among supporters for him to improve their side.
The 24-year-old arrived at Ibrox in 2017 as Caixinha sought to improve his defensive ranks, and he was a regular feature under the Light Blues boss in the few first months of the season in appearing in their opening nine league matches, only for injury to rule him out of the next few.
And that was as good as it got for the Portuguese centre back as he appeared on just three other occasions last season following the departure of Caixinha, eventually finishing the campaign with just 18 senior appearances to his name – for £1.35 million, Rangers fans would have expected significantly more.
That prompted Rangers to release the 24-year-old from his contract during the summer to bring to an end his nightmarish 12-month stint at the club – he simply failed to live up to the expectations generated when he arrived.
And while he certainly wasn’t the only one of Caixinha’s signings to flop at Rangers, his shocking stint at the club summed up the Portuguese’s shambolic recruitment that summer – recruitment that played a huge part in him losing his job in October last year.
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