By James Black
Rangers star Bruno Alves refused to be a substitute in the Gers’ 2-0 weekend defeat to Hamilton at Ibrox, according to a report.
The Times claim that the veteran defender shockingly refused to sit on the bench for Graeme Murty’s third game in interim charge – a fortnight after watching the win over Partick Thistle from the dugout.
Murty has stuck with Danny Wilson and Ross McCrorie in central defence after the pair impressed in Murty’s first game in charge as Alves missed out through suspension for a kick at Louis Moult in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.
The 94-times capped Portugal defender had been a mainstay in the side before losing his place as a result of his suspension.
In Alves’ absence McCrorie and Wilson had put in two impressive performances to retain their place in the side on merit.
Alves joined Rangers in the summer from Serie A Cagliari on a free transfer and was manager Pedro Caixinha’s marquee signing.
The former Porto, Fenerbahce and Zenit St. Peterspurg defender signed a two-year contract when he joined the Ibrox giants.
According to Graeme Murty, the defender missed the Hamilton clash after a fall in training left the 36-year-old with a stiff back, however that not longer seems to be the case.
Rangers’ next match is on Friday night when they travel to Dens Park to take on Neil McCann’s Dundee in the Premiership.
In other Rangers news, this 46-year-old manager who is wanted by the Gers is set to hold talks.