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26th May, 2018 | 12:28pm

Rangers need to make quick decision over future of defender after latest comments

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Rangers defender Bruno Alves confirmed his plans to continue playing after this summer’s World Cup – but the Gers will need to make a decision on the veteran’s future much sooner with the Portuguese international set to miss all of pre-season with the Light Blues.

Alves still has a year remaining on his Rangers contract but, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, wouldn’t commit his future to the Gers – insisting his focus in solely on the World Cup.

With the Gers’ season getting underway on July 12th – and the World Cup final three days later – it’s not unlikely that Alves could still be in Russia when the Light Blues kick off their Europa League campaign.

Rangers need to bring new defenders into the side and beef up a backline that shipped far too many goals last season but with Alves future up in the air – the Gers need to decide if they will be counting on the Portuguese veteran next season or bringing in a replacement for the former Zenit St. Petersburg stopper.

Similar happened 12 months ago when Alves missed the Europa League clash with Progres Niederkorn after it clashed with the Confederations Cup but this time Rangers need to push ahead with their other transfer plans and can’t just keep everything on hold until Alves returns sometime in July.

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