Graeme Murty is 100% correct with stance on Rangers senior player
Rangers manager Graeme Murty surprised a few people when Bruno Alves could only settle for a place on the bench in Saturday’s Scottish Premiership win over Hearts – and he got the call absolutely spot on to leave the veteran on the sidelines.
Alves was widely expected to walk straight back into the starting XI after recovering from the calf injury that forced him off in December’s Old Firm derby.
Murty instead kept faith with David Bates and Russell Martin and was rewarded with a clean sheet against Craig Levein’s Jambos and pick up the Gers’ seventh win in eight games since the winter break.
The Portuguese defender has stated his ambition to go to the World Cup in Russia this summer and obviously sitting on the bench for Rangers isn’t going to do his chances much good, Murty needs to – and has – put the concerns of Rangers before the player.
Alves will almost certainly come back into the side before too long and will need to impress after Martin and Bates built up a decent foundation for their partnership in central defence as the Gers look to make a late charge for the title.
The senior player can still be a big asset for Rangers over the coming weeks and, whether he can force his way into a regular starting spot or not, the former Porto star can have little complaint at being second fiddle to the in-form Bates and Martin.
In other Rangers news, controversial TalkSport host Adrian Durham has claimed that this key Celtic man must quit Parkhead at the end of the season because of the Light Blues.
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