Rangers defender Bruno Alves will miss most of pre-season for the second consecutive year at Ibrox as he takes part in the World Cup with Portugal – and the veteran defender could earn himself a Gers reprieve with an impressive summer in Russia.
Despite struggling to hold down a regular first-team place at Ibrox over the last 12 months, Alves was named in his country’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup and a string of strong performances could make incoming Gers boss Steven Gerrard take another look at the former Zenit St. Petersburg, Fenerbahce and Porto defender.
Alves was a massive disappointment in his debut season with the Light Blues and many fans expect that he will be one of the casualties of Gerrard’s appointment as the new manager brings in his own players and builds his own side.
The Portuguese defender has plenty of experience from a long career spent across some of Europe’s top leagues but has looked out of his depth in Scotland but having better players around him could help the Gers get the best out of him.
With a year left on his contract, the Gers could be stuck with Alves even if they wanted to move him on but a strong World Cup might just see him given another chance to impress.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.