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31st May, 2018 | 5:36pm

Rangers must not foot bill for exit of veteran enforcer despite poor form

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Rangers defender Bruno Alves is a reported target for Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes after a disappointing debut season at Ibrox – but getting rid of the defender must not involve the Gers paying the defender to leave.

The Scottish Sun claim that Alves former side want to bring him back to Portugal after the World Cup but with Alves one of the highest earners at Ibrox they could find themselves having to cough up a portion of the final year on his contract.

If the Gers are stuck having to pay a substantial sum to the defender to leave, they may well be better off keeping him around for 12 months and making the most of his vast experience across Europe.

Even if Alves doesn’t end up playing regularly he can still have a huge influence of youngsters like Aidan Wilson and Ross McCrorie as they make their own place in the game and try to cement a place in the first-team.

Alves had various struggles with injuries throughout his first season in Scotland and it’s easy to see why the Light Blues would be prepared to move him on but it needs to be the right deal for the Gers.

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They’ve been stung far too many times with players – particularly veteran players – who have come to Ibrox on big wages, failed to make a mark and then left with a pay-off of some form or another despite their own failures.

The Gers are already short on bodies defensively with just Alves, Fabio Cardoso and McCrorie in the senior squad and only McCrorie certain to still be at Ibrox next season so a move away from the Gers is far from guaranteed for Alves but if it does happen then the Light Blues simply can’t be left footing the bill.

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