Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has boldly claimed that Bruno Alves may be looking to quit Rangers in January when the transfer window re-opens.
Alves, 35, was one of a large numbers of players that Pedro Caixinha signed up in the summer as he looked to have a Portuguese core to his defence with Fabio Cardoso also being recruited.
However since Caixinha was sacked in October, caretaker manager Graeme Murty has failed to name the Portugal international in his starting line-up with Danny Wilson and teenager Ross McCrorie preferred instead.
With two defeats in the last two games, Murty may now be forced to change his mind over who starts in defence ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against Aberdeen at Ibrox.
There were reports that senior player Alves had refused to be named on the bench earlier this month when he seemingly failed to earn his spot back in the team after a suspension, but that was later rubbished by Murty.
Speaking on BT Sport at the weekend, Sutton has now suggested that the ex-Porto defender may look to quit Ibrox in the wake of Caixinha’s dismissal and his subsequent lack of football.
“Alves is an interesting one at the moment for me,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He’s injured but you can see him thinking, ‘In January, I want off.’”
Alves is perhaps one of the highest earning players on the wage-bill at Ibrox so if the Light Blues want to bring anyone in over January, it may help them to improve the squad if the Portugal international does leave.
In other Rangers news, a new favourite has emerged for the Gers manager job after Alex McLeish’s odds drifted.