Rangers can help me make the World Cup - Ibrox favourite sets sights on showpiece
By James Black
Rangers defender Bruno Alves is looking forward to his first Old Firm game since moving to Scotland from Serie A side Cagliari in July and believes it can help him book a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad next year.
The 35-year-old has made a strong start to his Rangers career and the Gers will be hoping for a big performance from Alves if they are to take anything from the clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side in 13 days.
Alves has featured in some of the biggest derbies in Europe and admits that it’s a game that he and team mates can’t wait to sample.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Alves said: “This is one of the games that all the players want to play in – not just myself,” he said. “It will be a great experience because I am used to great matches, great derbies.
“I want to give my best and help the team. This is what I have come to do here.”
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The 95-times capped defender will almost certainly start against Rangers’ bitter rivals and wants to use his time in Glasgow to convince international boss Fernando Santos that he should be part of the reigning European champions’ squad for next summer’s World Cup in Russia – should to Portuguese qualify.
The Portuguese national side have already secured a playoff place and, with two games remaining in qualifying, should book their place in Russia with ease and Alves believes being with a club the size of Rangers can only help his chances, telling the Daily Record: “That was one of the reasons I decided to move to Scotland. “Rangers are a big team and this allows me to compete and hopefully stay in the national team.
“Rangers are a big team and this allows me to compete and hopefully stay in the national team.
“The European Championships win put Portugal on a different level. Now we need to qualify for the World Cup and, after that, we can think about what we need to do.”
If Alves does make it to Russia with A Selecção it will be the former Porto and Fenerbahce defender’s third World Cup finals after being involved in both the 2010 and 2014 Portuguese squads.
Alves spent three years in Russia with Zenit Saint Petersburg between 2010 and 2013 before taking part in this year’s Confederations Cup following Portugal’s European Championship success.
With Alves putting in a series of impressive displays so far for Rangers, he’s doing his chances no harm whatsoever.
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