By James Black
Rangers star Bruno Alves reportedly refused to take his place as a substitute before Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Hamilton – and fans on Twitter have slammed the defender for his misconduct.
According to The Times, Alves refused to sit on the bench as second-choice to Danny Wilson and Ross McCrorie after also being an unused substitute against Partick Thistle in the Gers’ previous outing.
The 94-times capped Portugal international lost his place in the side after suspension force him to miss the trip to Murrayfield to face Hearts last month.
Fans have little sympathy for Alves after losing his place and think if he has refused to accept being named as a substitute then the club should look to get rid of him – with one even saying the Ibrox giants should “sack him and sue him.”
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Best defender or not?
Bruno Alves should be kicked into touch if he refused to be a substitute?
But he'll still get his many thousands of pounds he received last week?
— Craig Smith (@csljm84) November 21, 2017
Wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Bruno Alves makes a swift exit in January.
— Ted (@NewcoTed) November 21, 2017
So Bruno alves refused to be a sub against Hamilton, fine him a months wages and make him take the next press meeting to answer his actions. Who does he think he is?
— Bobby Brown (@WillieDeSept) November 21, 2017
Lets be truthful here. Bruno Alves hasn't been pulling up any trees here in Scotland.
— William Inglis (@Ingy49) November 21, 2017
Was Bruno Alves not in the team when we dropped points against Hibs, Hearts, Thistle and Kilmarnock? ????
— Drew (@_vitamin_d) November 21, 2017
The Times running story about Alves refusing to be a sub on Saturday? What's going on? If that's the truth sack him and Sue him ????
— Albertz1974 (@Albertz1974) November 21, 2017
Apparently Alves refused to be a sub for the Hamilton and is unhappy about being dropped ????
— Kieran (@kieranmcl96) November 21, 2017
Senior player Alves had been a mainstay in the Ibrox side before picking up a retrospective suspension for aiming a kick at Motherwell’s Louis Moult during the recent Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden.
The Portuguese defender signed a two-year deal with the Gers when he swapped Serie A for the Scottish Premiership over the summer.
Interim Rangers manager Graeme Murty had claimed the defender missed the 2-0 defeat by Hamilton after falling in training and hurting his back.
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