Rangers defender Bruno Alves has stunningly admitted that he may have to exit Ibrox if he wants to improve his chances of representing Portugal at the World Cup in Russia next summer.

Alves, 36, arrived at Rangers in the summer from Italian outfit Cagliari and was perhaps the marquee signing of Pedro Caixinha’s mass overhaul of the first-team squad.

However the Portuguese defender is yet to show that he is a cut above anyone else at the Premiership club and has since found it difficult to get into the first-team since Caixinha was sacked six weeks ago.

Alves has not been helped by injuries and suspensions but there were reports that surfaced saying that he refused to take a spot on the bench ahead of a game, something which was later denied.

Since Graeme Murty has taken caretaker charge, the former Porto defender has made just one appearance and he has now admitted that he may have to quit Glasgow if he wants to keep playing regular first-team football.

“I always respect decisions. I am a professional and I also respect all the other players who are fighting for the position. But I have my own ambition. I am still playing for the national team and I need to play,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“We have a World Cup soon and I need to play and be fit, to try and be there.

“This is important for me. Not just to help Rangers, but I also want to help myself to go to the World Cup.

He added: “If I don’t play here, I need to think about my future or about what’s going to happen next.”

Senior player Alves has made 12 appearances across all competitions for the Glasgow side, scoring one goal in the process.

Caretaker manager Murty has recently taken a shine to the likes of Ross McCrorie and Danny Wilson though, who were picked over the Portuguese duo of Alves and Fabio Cardoso recently until McCrorie was changed into a deep-lying midfield position.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has had Neil Lennon in stitches with his latest rant about the Gers’ manager search.

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