Fabio Carodoso was one of several Pedro Caixinha signings who didn’t make the grade at Rangers.
Despite signing a three-year contract with the club, so disappointing was his spell, that he was allowed to leave on a free in the summer.
as with compatriot Bruno Alves, things have been improving ever since.
He returned home and in joining Santa Clara, he was facing a challenge.
The relative minnows had just been promoted to the Primeira Liga and Cardoso was brought in to shore up the defence.
Predictably, clean sheets have been hard to come by.
They’ve managed just three with Cardoso in the side. Furthermore, the 24-year-old has been sent off twice.
However, he’s had a major impact at the other end of the pitch.
A fortnight ago, his powerful header sealed a comeback win over Portimonense.
Then, on Friday night, he was at it again.
Showing his prowess in the air once more, he rose unmarked in the area against Rio Ave, and guided a set piece into the far corner.
His header set his side on the way to a 2-1 victory and sees them rise to an impressive ninth.
During a weekend where Rangers failed to net once again, their former centre-back notched his fifth of the campaign.
See the goal for yourself below (0:56) via the VSPORTS Youtube channel.