It has been claimed that Steven Gerrard is set to have a discussion with Bruno Alves about the defender’s future when he returns from the World Cup with Portugal.
The Herald reports that Gerrard has admitted that he has not yet spoken to the veteran defender but will do when he makes his way back from Russia.
The conversation between Gerrard and the 36-year-old should be short and not so sweet: Alves should be told that his time is up at Ibrox.
The stopper was a semi-regular for the Gers last season, making 25 appearances, but he wasn’t the dominant figure then manager Pedro Caixinha thought he would be.
Indeed, he spent much of the season injured and the likes of David Bates and Ross McCrorie replaced him in the side.
With Gerrard bringing in his own centre-back pairing of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, Alves’ prospects of featuring for the Gers on a regular basis seem slim.
He still has a year left to run on his contract, but it wouldn’t be a shock if Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen were considering paying up the last year to get him off the books at Ibrox.
Gerrard is undeniably being respectful of the player by not speaking to him until after the World Cup, but when Alves returns to Glasgow the Gers boss must inform him that he is now surplus to requirements at Ibrox.
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