Portuguese football expert identifies weaknesses in new Rangers signing
By Harvey Byrne
Portuguese football expert and journalist Silvio Vieira has identified positioning and over-confidence as two weaknesses in defender Bruno Alves’ game after he agreed to join Rangers.
The 35-year-old was confirmed a Gers player on Wednesday afternoon after agreeing to move to the Ibrox giants from Serie A club Cagliari.
He joins Scotland with a big reputation and an impressive CV after playing for such clubs as Porto, Fenerbache and Zenit Saint Petersburg.
But, supporters are still unlikely to have a full knowledge of how Alves plays and Vieira, who will have watched him for many years has picked out two attributes that the experienced man isn’t particularly strong on.
“He is not losing his speed, but there is some weaknesses, such as his positioning,” told Vieira to the Scottish Sun.
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“Sometimes he tries to anticipate the play and he loses his positioning timing. Maybe that is his weakest point.
“He compensates this with his speed which of course is not the speed he had a few years ago. But he is still a quick central defender.
“He is over-confident sometimes and that can make him commit some positional errors. He is known by his aerial ability, he has scored some goals in his career.
“At a club like Rangers, you have to count on defenders that give you goals I think.
“He is a central defender that is capable of scoring from a corner or free-kick and that is important.”
Manager Pedro Caixinha has brought Alves to Rangers in an attempt to improve on the club’s third place finish, while he will also add some much needed experience to the back line.
The centre-back veteran has won the Portuguese, Russian and Turkish top-flight on seven occasions, while he was also involved in the Portugal squad which lifted the Euro 2016 trophy last summer.
Ibrox supporters will now be hoping that he can bring a similar success with him to Scotland as they look to close the gap with fierce rivals Celtic at the top.
In other Rangers news, the Gers completed the signing of midfielder Jack on Thursday afternoon.