By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit and former Celtic striker Andy Walker believes Rangers will start off with a win in Sunday’s clash against Motherwell.
The Gers are currently preparing to travel to Fir Park where they will take on Stephen Robinson’s side who finished in ninth place in the Premiership last season.
The Ibrox giants were themselves disappointed with their own finish in the last campaign as they placed in third following their promotion back to Scotland’s top-flight.
Now, a winning start would certainly provide the squad with a boost and Walker believes Rangers will achieve just that, predicting a 2-0 win while giving his thoughts on summer signing Bruno Alves.
“Cedric Kipre has been given a great chance to develop his skills at Motherwell,” told Walker, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“At 20 years old, the Frenchman has the physical attributes to compete with all of the Scottish Premiership strikers but having watched him last week in Motherwell`s 1-0 home win over Berwick Rangers, he has to improve his sharpness and distribution.
“The signing of Bruno Alves should bring some much-needed muscle, experience and leadership in the heart of the Rangers defence. Still able to play at major international tournaments at the age of 35 for Portugal, Alves has the qualities to ensure Rangers can challenge at the top of the table and possibly get their hands on one of the domestic cups.”
Alves, 35, is one of nine new signigs for Rangers this summer and is certainly one of the most well known given he has played for each of Porto, Zenit St. Petersburg and Fenerbache through his career alongside earning 93 caps for Portugal.
He is likely to start the clash on Sunday and the centre-back veteran will be hoping to get his Gers career off to a winning start.
Meanwhile, the last time Rangers faced Motherwell the two cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw and both will be looking for all three pints on the season opener.
In other Rangers news, a BBC pundit has also given his prediction for the Gers clash.