BBC pundit delivers verdict on possible Rangers defender signing after Caixinha comments
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit and former Rangers striker Steven Thompson has told that he believes there are questions over the possible signing of defender Bruno Alves, but that he does come with a “brilliant pedigree”.
The 35-year-old centre-back has been heavily linked with a move to Ibrox this summer from Serie A club Cagliari with manager Pedro Caixinha looking for new reinforcements to improve the club’s current third placing.
On Friday afternoon the March appointment also revealed in his press conference, as quoted by the official Rangers Twitter account that he would like to sign Alves, while also humorously suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
PC: Bruno Alves is a fantastic players. I would like to sign him, Ronaldo and Messi.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 19, 2017
This has led to Thompson discussing the potential signing of Alves and while he believes the defender would come with a good record, he has also stated there may be issues in regards to his age.
“He’s got a brilliant pedigree, a top player, a top defender” started Thompson speaking to BBC Sport Scotland’s Facebook page on Friday afternoon.
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“He’s a no nonsense defender, doesn’t mess about. He would bring experience. Only issues again, bringing a player in of that age is, is he coming here for a last pay day, is he fit, is he really motivated. These are all questions the answers which we’ll find out very quickly at the start of the next season.
“Hopefully he is what Rangers are requiring because defensively they have not been good enough this year and I feel as though they need a true leader in there in centre-half.
“Clint Hill could have done a job equally as well, but he’s offski.”
Alves’ career has seen him play for some of Europe’s biggest clubs such as Porto, Zenit St. Petersburg and Fenerbache, where he has won seven league titles in total.
The 85-time capped Portugal international was also part of last summer’s Euro 2016 winning team, but he was left on the bench for the final 1-0 victory over home nation France.
If he does sign then Rangers fans will be hoping that his experience can help them close the gap with fierce rivals Celtic, but there will also be some worries after last summer’s signing of former Arsenal and AC Milan defender Philippe Senderos.
In other Rangers news, Tam McManus has taken a dig at the Gers after the midweek defeat against Aberdeen.