Murty: This is what Rangers senior player must do to get back into starting XI
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed Bruno Alves needs to be patient as he looks to get back into the Gers’ starting XI after missing the last two months through injury.
Alves limped out of the December draw with Celtic and only returned to the squad on Saturday he took a place on the bench against Hearts.
Alves will be eager to get back into the side as he looks to secure a place in Portugal’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Murty admitted the form of David Bates and Russell Martin means senior player Alves has to bide his time and wait for an opportunity to get back into the team.
“Everyone in the squad has to be patient and bring positive energy to the grounds,” Murty said, as quoted by STV.
“Bruno’s done that and he trains phenomenally well.
“As I’ve said before many times, he’s a consummate professional.
“He’s there for his teammates and he understands, because of his experience, that we have to pick a team to go and win the game.
“That’s all it is. It’s not about reputation, it’s to do with getting the guys on the pitch that are performing. The guys at the moment are doing that.”
After limping off against Celtic, Alves was replaced by Bates with the Gers bringing in Martin on loan last month as Murty and director of football Mark Allen overhauled the squad inherited from Pedro Caixinha.
Alves joined Rangers from Serie A side Cagliari last summer and has made 17 appearances for the Ibrox giants so far.
The 36-year-old has struggled with injury throughout his time in Scotland with a series of problems restricting his appearances for the Gers.
The former Porto, Fenerbahce and Zenit St. Petersburg defender is under contract until 2019 after penning a two-year deal when he made his move to Scotland.
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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