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Rangers confirm signing of Fabio Cardoso

Vitoria Setubal defender Fabio Cardoso (right) is reportedly a target for Rangers
Image: Fabio Cardoso has signed for Rangers on a permanent, three-year deal

Rangers have confirmed the signing of Portuguese defender Fabio Cardoso on a three-year deal.

Sky Sports News HQ reported earlier this week that Gers boss Pedro Caixinha had returned to Glasgow with new players alongside him, including Cardoso and fellow Portuguese Dalcio.

The latter joined on a season-long loan on Tuesday and now 23-year-old central defender, Cardoso, joins Rangers from Vitoria Setubal on permanent deal following a successful medical.

Fabio Cardoso
Image: Centre-back Cardoso has represented Portugal at youth level

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.

"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.

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Pedro Caixinha arrived in Glasgow with two transfer targets

"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."

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Alves is another new Rangers signing, having joined from Cagliari for £500,000, while Ryan Jack has signed on a free transfer from Aberdeen.

Rangers begun pre-season training on Monday, just 15 days after the end of last season and only 24 days before their Europa League qualifying campaign on June 22.

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