Former Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso has rubbished claims there was a split in the Ibrox dressing room during Pedro Caixinha‘s reign as manager and insists there were no problems between the players.
As Caixinha’s time in charge turned into a shambles, there were regular whispers of a split between the British players and Pedro’s army of Portuguese and Mexicans.
Cardoso is adamant that wasn’t the case though and points to his continuing friendship with the likes of James Tavernier and Ryan Jack – purportedly on the other side of the battle lines – as proof it was just trouble-making from outside the club.
“Maybe they could have given him a bit more time but in football, people want results now especially when you’ve given the manager what he wants,” Cardoso told the Sunday Mail.
“In the dressing-room there were no problems for me or between the players. I still speak to a lot of them now like James Tavernier and Ryan Jack.
“I still have big friends there and I continue to support them.
“Everyone wants to play whether you’re Scottish, English, Portuguese, Mexican, whatever.
“If you’re not playing when you feel you deserve it – you’re not going to be happy.
“But I assure you that between the players there were no problems.
“I had good relationships with them, including the British players and the likes of Alfredo. It was a good group.”
Since leaving Rangers, Cardoso has got his career back on track in his native Portugal with Santa Clara.
Of all the flops Caixinha brought to Ibrox in 2017, Cardoso is arguably one of the few who may well have gone on to excel under Steven Gerrard.