Rangers defender Bruno Alves warmed up for the World Cup by playing the full 90 minutes of Portugal’s 3-0 win over Algeria on Thursday – and Gers boss Steven Gerrard must forget last season and give the veteran a second chance at Ibrox.
Alves was a surprise pick in the Portuguese squad after his poor debut season with the Gers but will play his part as they try to build on 2016’s European Championship win with a World Cup success.
Gerrard clearly needs new defenders in this summer as he looks to end Celtic’s recent dominance over Scottish football – and despite how poor he was at times last season Alves is still a quality defender.
There’s also the utterly nonsensical set of circumstances where someone who struggled to get into the Rangers side last season has a legitimate chance at lifting the World Cup this summer and being an integral part of the side who does so.
The veteran’s contract is up next summer and even having him around to lend his experience to the younger defenders at the club like Ross McCrorie will help them continue to develop and fulfil their potential with the Gers.
Alves will likely miss the start of the Gers’ Europa League campaign again this summer due to his involvement in the World Cup and by the time he returns Gerrard may already have found a defensive pairing that clicks.
If he does, Alves could find it hard to get into the side again, but his undoubted quality and experience make him an important person to have around.
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