The 24-year-old arrived for around £1.5 million in the summer of 2017, and was one of previous manager Pedro Caixinha’s headline signings along with his compatriot Bruno Alves.
Whilst he was obviously a talented player with the ball at his feet, Cardoso soon struggled with the intense and physical nature of the Scottish game, and found himself out in the cold following Caixinha’s sacking last October.
The former Benfica defender has had next to no involvement at all during Steven Gerrard’s pre-season preparations this summer, and now the club have confirmed his contract has been terminated by mutual consent.
Couldn’t Rangers have found a buyer of some sort, even for a couple of hundred grand? Or even send him out on-loan for a season? The Rangers supporters are wondering why another significant chunk of money has been sorely wasted:
It says a lot about us releasing Cardoso that we couldn’t even get a club to take him on loan started off ok but just fell away and wasn’t geared for Scottish football. £1.3m wasted 😫
— Barry (@bkerr72) July 30, 2018
They money we´ve wasted due to signing Pedro Caixinha… Now Cardoso´s contract has been terminated. Caixina + Warburton will go down in history as 2 of our worst managers of all time on and off the pitch
— Raúl Sánchez (@raulsdf) July 30, 2018
Are you telling me no club in the world would of paid 10p for cardoso ? We had to pay him off ?
We are absolutely horrendous at selling/getting rid of people.
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) July 30, 2018
Cardoso released. Another huge waste of money.
— Gregco (@Gregco_) July 30, 2018
Why has Cardoso been released and Lee Hudson hasn’t ?
— Broxi Bear 🐻 (@BRX1B3AR) July 30, 2018
Cardoso yet another expensive mistake. That’s the cost of hiring and backing a dud manager. So wasteful.
— Andy McKellar (@AMcKellar89) July 30, 2018
Unbelievable we have released cardoso how can we not get a fee for these players😂
— jay redfern (@jayredfern_72) July 30, 2018
What a waste of money Cardoso was. Over a million quid we spent on him and he's just had his contract mutually terminated.
— Ross McClung (@rossmcclung) July 30, 2018
Very disappointed than Cardoso has been released. Was a decent player to have as backup. Certainly no worse than Halliday is at left back.
— I Am Gordon (@Gordon13M) July 30, 2018
Cardoso having to be released is a weird one for me. Surely better ways of dealing with it.
— Scott (@ScottCNIR) July 30, 2018
What do you think of the situation?