By Danny Wright
Bruno Alves did not refuse to sit on the bench for Rangers ahead of their clash against Hamilton, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that their sources inside Ibrox have rubbished a report from the Times that stated Alves defied Graeme Murty’s selection for him to be placed on the bench ahead of the 2-0 Premiership loss to the Accies on Saturday.
However in a major development on the story, it is now understood that the Portugal international is in fact carrying a back injury, something with caretaker boss Murty was made aware of on Friday.
Alves has not played for the Light Blues since Pedro Caixinha was sacked almost four weeks ago.
He was handed a suspension for the 3-1 win at Hearts, where Ross McCrorie and Danny Wilson deputised for the Portuguese pairing of Alves and Fabio Cardoso.
Due to the Scottish duo’s good form, Alves and Cardoso have continued to miss out on the matchday squad and the ex-Porto and Cagliari ace was benched for the win over Partick before the international break.
The Euro 2016 winner was nowhere to be seen on the teamsheet ahead of the humiliating loss to Hamilton on Satruday, however it now seems that the veteran centre-back is in fact carrying an injury and it was not due to any kind of misconduct.
In other Rangers news, a stunning six-year contract has been tabled for this Gers manager target.