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30th Dec, 2017 | 5:41pm

Rangers senior player leaves Celtic Park on crutches after injury blow - confirmed

Rangers manager Graeme Murty has given an update on veteran defender Bruno Alves after the Portuguese defender limped off after only 17 minutes of Saturday’s Old Firm clash.

Alves picked up a calf injury jumping to win a header and immediately signaled that he wanted to come off – much to the displeasure of Rangers fans.

The 36-year-old senior player was replaced by David Bates who went on to put in a man of the match performance alongside Danny Wilson at the heart of the Rangers defence.

Murty has now confirmed that the Portuguese international had left Celtic Park on crutches and in a protective boot before the club’s medical staff fully assess his injury.

“(Alves is) in a lot of pain. He’s on crutches at the moment in a boot,” Murty said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“It is far too soon to assess but he’s in a lot of discomfort at the moment. I’m going to go back in and see, but I think it is either his calf or his ankle.”

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The veteran has picked up a string of injuries during his time at Ibrox and missed the first Old Firm clash of the season in September after picking up a calf strain.

Alves has made 17 appearances for the Ibrox side since his summer move from Serie A cracks Cagliari but has struggled to put together any prolonged run of appearances.

With a World Cup around the corner, the 94-times capped defender appears unwilling to take any risks which could jeapordise his chances of making Portugal’s squad for the finals in Russia in the summer.

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