Rangers’ season has been full of ups and downs, with summer arrival Bruno Alves so far proving to belong in the latter category.
The vastly experienced 36-year-old arrived in Scotland with huge hype, as the European Championship winner was expected to provide stability at the back for the Gers.
But whilst the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Daniel Candeias have went on to have good signings for the Ibrox club, the same can’t be said of Alves, who has struggled badly at times.
His poor performances and injury problems this season – he missed almost two months of action with a knee injury – have turned his signing into a bit of a flop.
But the Portuguese international does have one last chance to put things right, in the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.
The veteran defender is likely to be paired up with the highly-rated youngster Ross McCrorie as the Gers centre-back starters for the game.
McCrorie has been spent most of the season in midfield -where has been excellent – but he started his career at centre-back and is more than capable of playing there again.
If Alves and McCrorie have a superb game which drives the Gers to the cup final, the Portuguese defender will go down as a hero who helped the Light Blues to a notable victory.
Should they the game lose though, Alves’ career in Glasgow looks to be all but over.
In other Rangers news, James Tavernier has been discussing the semi-final