Former Celtic striker John Hartson has savaged Rangers star Bruno Alves for his performances for the Gers last season – claiming his “dad could have done better.”
Alves joined the Gers from Cagliari last summer and was a mainstay in the side over the first half of the season before falling out of favour following the turn of the year.
Hartson claimed that at 36, Alves is too old to “deal with” Celtic strikers Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths – and thinks the Portuguese veteran “looks like an old man limping onto the pitch.”
“Bruno Alves? Cor, what a player he is. At 36 he looks like an old man limping onto the pitch. My dad could have played there and done better,” Hartson said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“He’s got great experience, yeah, but don’t sign a guy knocking on 37 to deal with Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths. What chance you got?”
Football Insider verdict:
There’s no disputing that Alves didn’t perform as expected last season but Hartson is just making himself look ridiculous here. Alves lifted the European Championship with Portugal in 2016 and is part of their squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Of course Hartson’s dad could have done a better job. It’s only a quirk of where he was born that stopped Hartson senior from taking his place in Portugal’s World Cup squad. Obviously, Portugal’s manager thinks Alves is capable of dealing with strikers who actually made their country’s squad this summer – unlike Dembele. It may also have slipped Hartson’s attention but Alves only played twice against Celtic and both times Dembele and Griffiths failed to hit the net while the Portuguese veteran was on the pitch. You would almost think Hartson is still a little bitter after being knocked back by Rangers back in 2001 over his dodgy knees.
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