By James Black
Interim Rangers manager Graeme Murty has named his starting XI to take on Hamilton and veteran defender Bruno Alves has been axed from the squad completely.
The defender was on the bench last time out for the Gers but hasn’t even been named among the substitutes for the Scottish Premiership clash against the Accies on Saturday.
The Gers have made one change to the starting line-up which beat Partick earlier this month with Lee Hodson replacing Declan John, as confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) November 18, 2017
Senior player Alves has made 11 appearances for the Gers since his move from Cagliari in the summer but has found himself playing second fiddle to Danny Wilson and Ross McCrorie in recent weeks.
Rangers fans were left perplexed over the defenders omission – with one claiming he “can’t understand” the decision.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
No sign of Cardoso or alves on the bench , surely a better shout then Bates ????
— Liam (@liamemm11) November 18, 2017
Bruno Alves on the bench? The thought of McRorie and Wilson up against the sheep in a few weeks give me the fear.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBantz) November 18, 2017
Wilson and Bates ahead of Alves? Can't understand that at all…only CB we have who wins anything in the air and he doesn't get a look in.
— Bruce Russell (@BruceRussell86) November 18, 2017
— Chris EBT Orr (@Orr_86) November 18, 2017
Alves not even in the squad? ????
— Kirsten ???? (@kirsten93_) November 18, 2017
Alves and Pena not even in the squad can see both being off in January
— ???????????????? (@JCWATP1872) November 18, 2017
Mmmm no Alves has He throwing the dummy out
— stuart laidlaw (@lochaberlocks) November 18, 2017
Alves joins fellow summer signings Fabio Cardoso and Carlos Pena in missing out completely against Accies.
Cardoso featured against Berwick in midweek as he continues his recovery after surgery on a broken nose while Pena looks to have possibly played his last game for the Gers after being bombed out.
A win for the Gers would mark the first time they have won three consecutive games since December 2016 under former boss Mark Warburton.