Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the rest of the summer transfer window, what with new manager Steven Gerrard already having stamped his authority on things at Ibrox.
The 38-year-old was confirmed to be the club’s new boss last month following the departure of Graeme Murty, and the Liverpool legend has already been busy trying to mould and shape a squad capable of challenging dominant Celtic next season. Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield have both joined the Bhoys on free transfers, while on-loan ace Jamie Murphy has made his move permanent after an impressive spell in the second half of the season.
As such, there are many optimistic Light Blues supporters in the Tavern at present, and things could be about to get even more interesting with recent reports suggesting that Bruno Alves is attracting interest from Vitoria Guimaraes.
Ultimately, the Portugal international has failed to live up to expectations at Ibrox since his move from Cagliari last summer, with the 36-year-old mustering just 25 appearances for the Gers this term, 20 of which coming in the Scottish Premiership.
And while there have been glimpses of the defender that helped Porto win four Primeira Liga titles between 2005 and 2009, alongside the one that has won 95 caps for his country, during his brief spell north of the border, he has largely flattered to deceive.
And in a summer in which Gerrard appears to be overhauling and thus trying to build a squad capable of bridging the gap to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, he should seek to get rid of the veteran centre back.
Although the defensive ranks have taken a hit this summer given the departure of David Bates, alongside the unlikelihood that Russell Martin’s loan deal will become a permanent one, Gerrard will undoubtedly be looking for better than the experienced Alves in the heart of his backline next term – Kyle Bartley is one name that has been linked with the club.
Quite simply, experience aside, 36-year-old Alves has offered very little during his time at Rangers, and with a new boss at the helm likely to bring his own ideas and thus shape a squad to challenge for the both the present and the future, the Portuguese ace is one he must seek to offload during the close season.
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