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Where is Rangers flop Dalcio now?

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.

Dalcio is one of the worst signings by Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers in recent memory, but was he that bad as a footballer?

Dalcio Gomes of Belenenses SAD in action during the Liga NOS match between Belenenses SAD and Vitoria FC at Estadio Nacional on September 1, 2018 in Oeiras, Portugal.

It's been one year and one day since Dalcio last kicked a football for Rangers.

The mythical midfielder appeared in Rangers' 4-2 win over Corinthians in the Florida Cup on January 13 of last year.

And just like that, he was gone. Never to be seen or heard from again. The Keyser Soze of Ibrox, albeit significantly less dangerous.

Having played just one minute of Premiership football for the Gers, some fans of the Glasgow club could have been forgiven for wondering if the Benfica B man was ever real in the first place.

But he was and, actually, maybe he wasn't that bad.


Okay so the former Rangers loanee was still a horrific signing by Pedro Caixinha, but he's playing a lot more regularly for loan side Belenenses this season.

In total, Dalcio, who officially left Scotland in May, has made 16 appearances for the side who sit sixth in Portugal's top flight - a team who have only lost by one goal to Porto and Sporting in recent weeks - and averages 48 minutes per appearance.

He actually started against a Porto side that had Moussa Marega, Yacine Brahimi, Danilo and Real Madrid-linked Eder Militao in the first XI.

Reinildo Mandava of Belenenses SAD celebrates with teammate Dalcio Gomes of Belenenses SAD after scoring a goal during the Portuguese League Cup match between Belenenses SAD and FC Porto...

And if he's good enough to face Portugal's top brass then surely his one minute of Premiership action for the Blues - away to Hamilton - offered a very unflattering sense of his actual ability, which seems to have been distorted by a simple failure to adapt to life in Glasgow rather than him being inherently dreadful at football.

A very disappointing debut in Rangers' shock defeat by Progres in Europa League qualification set the tone for a dismal spell but maybe, just maybe, his struggle was more about circumstance and environment than it was talent.

Caixinha by all accounts didn't excel in man-management. Hypothetically, would he have fared better under Steven Gerrard? We'll never know.

Jovane Cabral of Sporting CP with Dalcio Gomes of Belenenses SAD in action during the Liga NOS match between Sporting CP and Belenenses SAD at Estadio Jose Alvalade on January 3, 2019 in...

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