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8th Mar, 2018 | 7:37pm

Massive test for Rangers senior player as in-form Celtic ace lies in wait

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The Rangers career of Bruno Alves has had it’s share of ups and downs since the Portuguese international joined the club in the summer.

The 36-year-old senior player has to deal with injuries and a loss of form, and there was even a suggestion that he could leave in the January window.

But he took his place back in the first-team alongside David Bates in the recent Scottish Cup win over Falkirk, his first start since suffering an injury in the Old Firm clash back in December.

Gers boss Graeme Murty now has to decide if to retain Alves in his side, or replace him with January signing Russell Martin for the right to play alongside Bates in Sunday’s vital Old Firm clash.

The fact that Alves has slightly more experience that Martin may well see him get the nod to start, and he will have to deal with Celtic ace Moussa Dembele if he does start.

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Dembele seems to be back in form after a poor run, and has scored three goals in his last two games for the Hoops.

His pace and power cause teams plenty of issues, but Alves has the experience to deal with that.

If the Light Blues want to keep their slim title hopes alive, then they have to make sure they get the three points on Sunday.

Stopping Dembele will go a long-way towards that, and Alves could be just the man for the job.

In other Rangers news, John Collins has been impressed with the Gers’ recent good form

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