The Fabio Cardoso to Porto signing really isn’t in the slightest bit surprising, or even that interesting.
Cardoso wasn’t horrific at Ibrox, he just didn’t fit Scottish football and the style of play – the sight of him flying into challenges with his hands clasped behind his back was pretty ridiculous, but it was how he departed that left a sour taste in the mouth.
Cardoso, contracted to Rangers for three years, weaselled his way out of the contract via mutual consent, and all that time had a move to Santa Clara lined up so he could get a fat signing on check as a free agent while Rangers got nothing.
This is an experienced top-flight Portuguese player and Rangers got robbed of him, at his and his agent’s hand, and that of Santa Clara.
And it’s Santa Clara who now profit after selling him to Porto for £2M, so while we’re one to talk given all the free transfers we have and who are now worth money, nevertheless we’ve not actually successfully profited from any player in a significant way for a decade. We’re yet to actually sell anyone.
But the Portuguese side have profited, Cardoso himself did in 2018 and Rangers got nothing out of it.
So forgive us if we don’t exactly wish him well at his new club.