By James Black
Bruno Alves believes that his Rangers team-mates must forget about their emotions for the upcoming clash against Motherwell on Sunday in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden.
The Gers have won both of their last two games by three-goal margins and 35-year-old mainstay Alves thinks that form can carry Pedro Caixinha’s side through to next month’s final.
The 95-times capped defender has won trophies in Portugal, Turkey and Russia over his career so has a fair idea of what is required to be successful.
Alves will captain the Gers in the absence of Lee Wallace at Hampden and will be hoping to use all of his experience to get the Light Blues a step closer to their first trophy since 2011.
“I think the most important thing is to keep doing what we have been doing, to put our plan for the game in action and forget a little bit about the emotions and play football,” Alves said, as quoted by Sky Sports’ website.
“This kind of game sometimes they are emotional because we play in front of a full house and this brings up the emotions.
“So I expect quality football but I expect our players to be aggressive in the right way, to win the balls and fight for the victory.
“It’s special because I know what this means, how big this club is. And to trust me is important. It’s a big step in my career.”
Alves joined the Gers from Serie A side Cagliari over the summer and has been a key player for Caixinha this season.
The veteran has slotted in alongside fellow new signing Fabio Cardoso at the heart of the Rangers defence and helped keep a morale-boosting clean sheet in last Friday’s win over St. Johnstone.
Alves has only recently returned to the starting XI after a calf injury ruled him out of a number of games – including the 2-0 Old Firm defeat to Celtic at Ibrox last month.
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