Rangers defender Cardoso rules himself out of Dundee trip

Rangers manager Graeme Murty is seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers travel to Dens Park on Friday night to face Dundee.

Rangers Head Coach Graeme Murty looks on during The Scottish FA Youth Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso has seemed to suggest on Twitter he will not be involved in Friday night's Scottish Premiership clash against Dundee at Dens Park.

The 23-year-old has not been involved since breaking his nose during the Betfred Cup semi-final loss to Motherwell, as the Portuguese ace was on the receiving end of a flying elbow from the Well's Ryan Bowman.

Fabio Cardoso of Rangers gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

A summer signing from Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal, Cardoso was part of the side that beat Berwick Rangers 4-0 in Steven Notman's testimonial last week, featuring for an hour of the match.

However, despite coming through that apparently unscathed, Rangers' number four looks to remain unavailable for selection against Dundee by posting on Twitter "Good luck for tomorrow boys", although it is not known for certain if he will miss the match.

Since his injury, mainstay Cardoso has been replaced by Gers academy product Ross McCrorie who has taken his chance with both hands - earning plaudits from players and pundits alike.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic is tackled by Ross McCrorie of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

The 19-year-old is now likely to start at the back, with either Danny Wilson or Bruno Alves expected to partner him as interim manager Graeme Murty looks to mastermind a third three points in his fourth game in charge.

The Gers come into the match after a dismal 2-0 loss to Hamilton on Saturday and will be desperate to put things right against Dundee. A repeat of their 4-1 victory at Ibrox would delight fans, that saw Josh Windass, Carlos Pena and an Alfredo Morelos brace earn all three points back in September.

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