By Richard Parks

Wes Foderingham has revealed that Rangers star defender Bruno Alves faces a battle to be fit for Saturday’s Old Firm showdown.

The Portugese centre-back limped out of Rangers’ Scottish League Cup triumph against Partick Thistle at Firhill on Tuesday night at the 76-minute mark.

Manager Pedro Caixinha subsequently admitted that Alves was doubtful for Saturday’s mouthwatering clash against Celtic at Ibrox.

Foderingham strongly suggested during a media conference at lunchtime on Thursday that the 35-year-old remains a major doubt for the weekend.

“If Bruno plays on Saturday fantastic, if not we have to adjust and carry on,” said Foderingham, as quoted by the official Rangers Twitter account.

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Alves has made a huge impact since joining Rangers this summer as part of a massive overhaul of the squad that endured a wretched return to the top flight last season.

The 93-times Portugal international has started all six of the club’s Scottish Premiership fixtures and formed an increasingly reliable alliance with countryman Fabio Cardoso.

The senior man is regarded as the leader of the defensive unit, which has conceded eight league goals.

“The new back four is playing well defensively but we still have plenty of room to improve,” said Foderingham.

In other Rangers news, a bizarre admission from Ibrox has played right into Celtic’s hands ahead of the Old Firm.

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