By James Black
Graeme Murty has revealed that veteran defender Bruno Alves has been “brand new” despite being axed from the Rangers starting line-up.
Alves missed the win over Hearts through suspension before being forced to watch the victory over Partick Thistle from the bench as Murty stuck with Ross McCrorie and Danny Wilson.
The Portuguese defender had been a mainstay in the side under Pedro Caixinha but hasn’t featured in either of Murty’s two games in interim charge.
The 43-year-old has now admitted that it could have been difficult for him to deal with the senior player after finding himself down the pecking order, but has raved about his professionalism.
“It could be tough if Bruno chose to be but he has been brand new, a consummate professional,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He’s easy to deal with, he’s up front, honest and open and he hasn’t been an issue in any way.
“That’s what I expected from a guy of his experience and class.”
The 94-times capped defender has made 11 appearances for the Gers since signing from Serie A side Cagliari over the summer.
Alves could come back into the side on Saturday when the Light Blues take on Hamilton after McCrorie played for Scotland Under-21’s on Wednesday night.
Murty will continue in the dugout against Hamilton after being handed the reins following Caixinha’s sacking on October 26th.
It’s the second time the former Scotland defender has been given temporary control of the first team in 2017 after also taking the hotseat when Mark Warburton resigned in February.
A win against Hamilton would be the first time Rangers have won three consecutive games since December 2016.