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30th May, 2018 | 10:57am

Talks held: Portuguese club line up Rangers outcast - report

Portuguese side Vitoria Guimarães have are set to swoop for veteran Rangers outcast Bruno Alves, according to a report, after the Portugal international struggled to make an impact at Ibrox.

According to A Bola, Vitoria Guimarães have held “exploratory talks” with the Gers over Alves’ availability as they look to strengthen their defence for next season.

The defender is currently with the Portuguese national team preparing for this summer’s World Cup but struggled to hold down a regular first-team place at Ibrox as he struggled with injuries and poor form.

Football Insider verdict:

Hopefully Rangers can get a deal done with Guimarães and get Alves off the wage bill. The veteran defender hasn’t been good enough and is taking a hefty chunk of wages every week for sitting in the stands or on the bench. Getting rid of Alves will allow the Gers to use the money elsewhere to bring in some quality and strengthen the squad for Steven Gerrard taking charge. Alves came to Ibrox with big expectations and has failed to live up to them whatsoever. Despite not working out for the Gers, there can’t be many complaints about the original signing of the defender as he very much fitted the bill for what the Light Blues were looking for but, for whatever reason, it hasn’t worked out for the former Porto, Zenit St. Petersburg and Cagliari defender. A strong showing at the World Cup could create more interest in Alves and give more options to the Gers and defender.

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