'Got to be' - Rangers fans urge Murty to recall summer signing into squad
Portuguese defender Bruno Alves is set to make his comeback from a calf injury picked up in December’s Old Firm draw with Celtic – and Rangers fans want to see the veteran in the starting XI.
Russell Martin and David Bates have been the first-choice pairing since the Gers returned to action after the winter break but the impending return of Alves has seen a number of fans favour the 36-year-old to come back into the side.
With Fabio Cardoso in reserve and Ross McCrorie still to return to injury, Murty could drastically change his defence over the coming weeks.
After a Rangers fan site on Twitter ran a poll to find out who fans want to partner Bates in defence – Martin was the popular choice – many were calling for Alves’ return.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
I’d try Alves & Martin
— RFC99 (@rangers1015) February 18, 2018
Alves & Wilson were our best centre halfs. Its a fight between Cardoso, Bates & McCrorie to see who partners Alves.
Martin hasn’t been good enough.
— Brahim (@brahimhemdani) February 18, 2018
Neither id go alves and martin… bates should be nowhere near considered first team starter
— Graeme Jordan (@graemejordan85) February 18, 2018
Martin and Alves please. Bates is coming along nicely and will continue to get game and improve but first choice has to be those two.
— Martin Mackenzie (@AndTheNew55) February 19, 2018
Alves and McCrorie wpuld be my first choice. Bates and Marti are very average for me…too many mistakes
— Christopher Smith (@Smudge3130) February 19, 2018
For me it’d be Martin & Alves…Bates is young, has potential but those two are our best two CD’s.
— RFC_Amsterdammer (@arthur_mac74) February 19, 2018
Got to be Alves, Cardoso is awful and Martin is yet to have a good game for us. Wish we had kept Wilson.
— Lewis (@Lloyd__72) February 18, 2018
Alves joined the Gers in the summer from Serie A side Cagliari with an eye on keeping his place in the Portuguese squad for this year’s World Cup in Russia.
The veteran defender has made 17 appearances in his time at Ibrox but has struggled with injuries forcing him to miss several weeks at a time.
Alves latest injury forced him to limp out of the Old Firm clash after only 17 minutes and miss the club’s trip to Florida during the winter break.
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