Rangers transfers: Fabio Cardoso reportedly set for Ibrox exit this summer

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.

Rangers are reportedly set to allow Fabio Cardoso to leave Ibrox this summer.

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.

According to the Glasgow Evening Times, Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso is surplus to requirements and is likely to be sold this summer.

The Gers have brought in a raft of new signings so far this summer, with Allan McGregor, Nikola Katic, Connor Goldson, Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria all arriving.

New boss Steven Gerrard may be looking for further reinforcements, but players will also need to be moved on to make some space, with Joe Dodoo heading for Blackpool earlier this week.

Simon Murray of Hibernian takes on Fabio Cardoso of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

The Glasgow Evening Times now report that not only are Andy Halliday and Jason Holt poised for the chopping block, but defender Fabio Cardoso is also set to be offloaded.

Cardoso, 24, impressed in his native Portugal with Vitoria Setubal having joined from Benfica in 2016, and he appeared to be an exciting addition for Rangers when former boss Pedro Caixinha forked out £1.3million to sign him last summer (Daily Record).

However, Cardoso struggled to hit top form under Caixinha and was often criticised for a lack of physicality to match up with the Scottish game, with fans far from convinced by him so far.

Wes Foderingham of Rangers talks with Fabio Cardoso of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

The former Portugal Under-20 international played just four times following Caixinha's sacking in October as he failed to feature prominently under Graeme Murty, and the same appears to be true under Gerrard too.

A return to Portugal may be best for Cardoso now, and Rangers will hope to recoup some of their £1.3million outlay, potentially handing Gerrard a financial boost in the transfer market.

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