Rangers defender Bruno Alves wants to show Gers fans the Light Blues have the quality to compete with Celtic by beating their bitter rivals at Ibrox on Sunday and blowing the Scottish title race wide open.
The Gers could close the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership to three points with a win over Brendan Rodgers’ side after being written off earlier in the season.
Alves has only managed sixteen minutes of the two Old Firm games so far this season but hopes to prove to the Gers they are good enough to challenge Celtic.
“If we win this game we will keep working very hard to reach first position but we need to play this game first and then think about what we need to do after,” Alves said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“We are well prepared for this game and need to give our best to win and show to Rangers supporters that we have the quality to compete.”
WATCH@RangersFC on-loan defender Russell Martin did not train today ahead of Sunday's #OldFirm due to injury. @SkySportsNews talks to Bruno Alves- who made his first start since December in the 4-1 win over Falkirk last week. https://t.co/HWjeh6lF83
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) March 8, 2018
The Light Blues have won nine of their ten games since the winter break as they try and reel in their fiercest rivals and win the unlikeliest of titles.
After sacking Pedro Caixinha in October with the Gers languishing in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership few would have thought they would have had any chance at wrestling the title from their city rivals.
Football Insider verdict:
Alves has blown hot and cold during his time in Scotland but Sunday’s Old Firm is exactly the type of occasion he was brought to Ibrox for. If the Portuguese defender can help the Gers to a win over Brendan Rodgers’ side it will put to bed any doubts over whether the Gers have the necessary quality to compete – although the fact they are so close to a side who have only lost one domestic game in almost two seasons arguably points towards that anyway. If the Gers do pick up three points, it’ll be hard to stop any Rangers fan thinking ahead to a possible title triumph in May.