FABIO CARDOSO agreed at settlement with Sevco Rangers yesterday to have his contract ripped up.

Twenty-four hours later, the central defender, who cost £1.5million when he joined from Vitoria Setubal last summer, agreed a four-year deal with Portuguese top-flight club Santa Clara.

The Ibrox club missed out on recouping at least some of their cash outlay for the 24-year-old in their haste to get him off the wage bill.

Cardoso made made only 18 appearances after he had been lured to Govan by his fellow-countryman Pedro Caixinha who didn’t last until the end of a miserable campaign.

The player’s last first team outing came in the 3-2 defeat from 10-man Celtic – minus the red-carded Jozo Simunovic – at Ibrox in March.

Bruno Alves, 36, Caixinha’s so-called ‘marquee signing’, beat Cardoso out the door as he negotiated a fee to quit with two years still on his contract.

He immediately joined Italian side Parma at the start of the month.

And, of course, the Govan outfit were ordered by a High Court judge to pay over £500,000 in legal fees to Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct retail company yesterday in the ongoing saga of their contractual dispute.

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