By Danny Wright

8th Aug, 2017 | 1:30pm

Bruno Alves compares playing for Rangers to reserve team football

By Danny Wright

Pedro Caixinha has revealed that summer signing Bruno Alves believes that playing for Rangers is similar to playing reserve team football in Portugal.

Scottish football is known to be a lot more physical that than of the game on continental Europe, but comparing it that of second-tier Portuguese football isn’t probably going to win over a lot of support from fans of other teams.

Like Caixinha, Alves is more than familiar with football in Portugual having spent the bulk of his career at Porto.

He rose through the ranks of the Lisbon giants and spent a good amount of time playing for the B team in the early stages of his career.

The Portugal international is now in the belief that his first taste of Scottish football on Sunday, when he played in the 2-1 win against Motherwell, sent him back to his time at Porto.

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“I spoke to Bruno who found it very different. He said it reminded him of playing for Porto B because it was a lot more physical,” said Caixinha on Tuesday, as quoted by Rangers’ official Twitter account.

Alves was the first signing that Caixinha made at Ibrox after he penned a two-year deal following his transfer from Italian side Cagliari.

The Portugal international was followed by fellow countryman Fabio Cardoso, who is expected to line up alongside him in the heart of the Light Blues defence for most of the season.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha has confirmed that this playmaker has returned to training after picking up an injury prior to the win at Motherwell.

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