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25th Mar, 2018 | 2:01pm

Rangers need to cut their losses and bin mainstay in the summer after international horror show

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Bruno Alves returned to international duty with Portugal on Friday in their clash with Egypt but, after being slaughtered by Portuguese fans, the Gers should cut their losses on the veteran and bin him in the summer.

The defender played the full 90 minutes but struggled to get going as he tries to keep his place in the squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

The Portuguese fans were less than impressed with Alves performance against the Africans, and Gers boss Graeme Murty and director of football Mark Allen need to make the bold decision despite Alves still has another season on his contract.

The veteran has been a disappointment after his summer move from Cagliari and was recently being kept out the side by former Raith Rovers kid David Bates as he struggles to look like the player who won titles in Portugal, Russia and Turkey, although injuries elsewhere mean he has been a mainstay with 21 appearances.

Alves will almost certainly be on a big wage and that could be used better elsewhere to strengthen the squad and make a serious tilt at closing Celtic down and lifting the Scottish title for the first time since 2011.

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With Russell Martin looking like a possible summer signing after his loan move from Norwich and the likes of Bates, Ross McCrorie and Aidan Wilson available for the Gers, getting rid of Alves and possibly even bringing in another defender should put the Gers in a stronger position to challenge their bitter rivals.

In other Rangers news, the club must blow Celtic out of the water to sign the next Moussa Dembele.

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