Fabio Cardoso signs four-year Santa Clara deal hours after leaving Rangers

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Cardoso spent a year at Ibrox, but had found himself out of favour under the new Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.

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,...

Fabio Cardoso has found a new club just hours after leaving Rangers.

Rangers announced earlier on Monday that Cardoso's contract had been terminated by mutual consent, barely a year since he joined the Ibrox side for £1.3 million.

 

And the former Vitoria Setubal centre-back has now returned to his home country - albeit around 1,000 miles west of the mainland - with Santa Clara.

The newly promoted Liga NOS side have announced via their official website that Cardoso will spend the next four seasons in the Azores.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard in the dug out during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Cardoso only played 18 times during his year at Rangers, and had found himself out of favour under the new Ibrox manager, Steven Gerrard.

The 24 year old was even left without a squad number after the summer arrivals of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, while at least one more new face is anticipated in his position.

Who would you like to fill the void left by Cardoso in Rangers' squad?

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.

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