Rangers fans blast Peter Hartley for his comments on Fabio Cardoso

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,...

Cardoso broke his nose during Rangers' 2-0 loss to Motherwell last season.

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.

Motherwell defender Peter Hartley has been quoted by STV's Twitter account as saying that it was "fun to watch" Fabio Cardoso in pain, after the Portuguese ace broke his nose last season - and some Rangers fans have reacted on Twitter.

Cardoso, who has since left Rangers to move back to Portugal and join newly-promoted Sante Fe, suffered the facial injury during an aerial battle with Well attacker Ryan Bowman.

Motherwell won the match 2-0, in what was a Betfred League Cup semi-final thanks to a brace form striker Louis Moult, who has also left the club since the match - joining English Championship side Preston North End.

Hartley said, prior to Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash against Rangers: "I think Bowy [Bowman] broke a boy's [Cardoso] nose, didn't he?" Hartley said. "That was fun to watch; the way he was weeping."

The comments could have backfired on Hartley, with the Daily Record claiming that he could face a ban with the Scotland Football Association's compliance officer looking into his comments before making a decision.

23rd December 2017, Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Motherwell versus Dundee; Dundees Sofien Moussa goes past Motherwells Peter Hartley

Cardoso, 24, failed to feature to play for Rangers for more than two months after the injury, finally reappearing in the new year in a cup game against minnows Fraserburgh.

Some Rangers fans reacted to the news on Twitter, blasting Hartley for his comments on the former Gers star who was released by Steven Gerrard this summer before he moved to Santa Fe.

Porto's Portuguese forward Andre Silva (R) vies with Setubals Portuguese defender Fabio Cardoso (L) during the Premier League 2016

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