By Harry Sykes
Bruno Alves has revealed that he was instantly struck by the ambition of his new Rangers teammates when he joined the club this summer.
The 94-times Portugal international, 35, has had a decade-and-a-half at the highest level following spells at the likes of European big hitters Porto, Fenerbahce and Zenit St Petersburg.
Alves explained that his first impressions were that he was taken aback at the quality of the Rangers players when he joined on a free transfer in July after leaving Italian club Cagliari.
“I came here thinking I could be useful for the team,” he told the Daily Record. “We are getting better but we need to prove ourselves and show we can compete and win.
“This club are used to winning. Everybody is waiting for that and we want to bring that back.
“When I came here I found a very strong group of players who want to improve. I feel that we have a good team. We are strong and all together.”
Alves has made a huge impression since being signed as Rangers’ new defensive leader by countryman Pedro Caixinha.
The centre-back has started all five of the team’s Scottish Premiership fixtures and instantly looked a cut above any of the other defenders who have represented the club in the last half-decade.
Alves has formed an all-Portugese central defensive partnership with countryman Fabio Cardoso.