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Fans base attracted me to Rangers, says new boy Dalcio


By Steve Simpson

Rangers new signing Dalcio claims Gers fans were the biggest factor in his move to Ibrox. The 21-year-old Benfica attacker flew into Scotland on Sunday night along with new boss Pedro Caixinha and fellow Portuguese player Fabio Cardoso, and signed a one-year loan deal to become the club's third summer signing.

The former Portugal Under-20 international said: "What attracted me was the history of the club, the size of the club, and mainly, the supporters - the amazing fans the club has.

"The gaffer was a real influence on me too. I know he is really competitive and ambitious, and that was the reasons I wanted to join him.

"The manager has said he is here to help me and to improve me. On the club, we need to put it on top where it belongs.

"Regarding Rangers, I heard about the club of course when I was young and a player playing with the youth teams.

"They came to Lisbon for tournaments and they would always bring lots of fans with them to support them.

"On Scottish football, I don't know too much but I know there are two big clubs, Rangers and Celtic, and mainly the way the people love football and support their teams.

"I realise the club has the need to win and the supporters always want the club to win, but I will leave the pressure off the field before I go onto it."

Dalcio will be used on either wing according to Caixinha, who spoke of an aggressive attacker.

He said: "He is a young Portuguese player from Benfica, and the Under-21 national team and he has the characteristics to play from both wide areas.

"He is left-footed but he is comfortable playing on the right, he is the type of player who is comfortable in receiving the ball and he is aggressive attacking the defenders.

"He is aggressive looking for the one-v-one and looking for finishing and he can perform on the right or left."

Caixinha has already added defender Bruno Alves (35), and former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack to his squad.

Mexican midfielder Carlos Pena arrived in Glasgow last week for talks and fellow countryman, forward Eduardo Herrera, is also in Scotland as Gers continue busy transfer activity.

The club have also been linked with a move for Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans.

Meanwhile, Alastair Johnston has joined Rangers PLC board.

The announcement was made on the day that former Rangers owner Craig Whyte was cleared of a fraudulent takeover of the Ibrox club in 2011.

USA-based Johnston, a native Glaswegian, was Gers' chairman but left after Whyte took charge.

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