Rangers have made their first loan signing of the summer as midfielder Dalcio put pen to paper on a year-long deal today.
The 21-year-old joins Euro 2016 winner Bruno Alves and former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack in Pedro Caixinha’s new signings as he prepares the side for the beginning of the 2017-2018 season.
A forward-thinking player, Euciodálcio Gomes – to give him his proper name – can play wide on the right and left or in the centre of midfield.
He joins the club from Portuguese giants Benfica’s secondary side, a separate entity called Benfica B who play their football in the second tier.
Born in Almada, a city near Lisbon, Dalcio began his football career at local side Beira Mar Almada at the age of 10. A switch to Foot-21 was preceded by his first big move in 2008 when signed on at Sporting Lisbon.
He would then make a return to Foot-21 before a spell at Ginásio Corroios helped set him on his way to a move to Belenenses in 2012.
The youngster bided his time in the youth ranks at Estádio do Restelo before making his senior debut for the club in the 2014-2015 campaign in a game against Gil Vicente. Incidentally, Belenenses would go on to have a very successful season as they qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round with a sixth place finish in the Portuguese top-flight.
At the end of that season he was snapped up Benfica’s secondary outfit, a common move for a lot of Portugal’s young prospects, at the age of 19. But he remained at Belenenses on loan, featuring in their Europa League campaign.
All from the bench he got minutes on the European stage against IFK Gothenburg, Lech Poznan and Fiorentina but would cut short his loan period to play for his new parent club, Benfica B, halfway through the season.
Over a thousand minutes on the pitch would round off a beneficial campaign for Dalcio, who then took that into the season just finished and managed to get 33 games under his belt in the Ledman Liga Pro.
And now Caixinha has brought him to Glasgow to be part of his Ibrox revolution. The youngest of the signings by a long distance thus far, Dalcio may be a player that is used from the bench frequently or he may take time to settle. But there’s no doubt that he will be eager to impress in his new surroundings.