Costa Rican football expert speaks highly of Rangers-linked Esteban Alvarado

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Rangers are reportedly looking to bring Esteban Alvarado to Ibrox.

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Costa Rican football expert Rafa Corrales has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Esteban Alvarado would be an ideal signing for Rangers.

The Gers have already been busy in the transfer market with four new signings, but reports from Turkish newspaper Haberturk earlier in the week suggested that a new goalkeeper could be heading to Ibrox.

The report suggested that Trabzonspor goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado is a top target for Rangers boss Mark Warburton, and could be closing in on a move to Ibrox.

The Costa Rican international, 27, had been on the books with Saprissa and Dutch side AZ Alkmaar before his move to Trabzonspor last summer, where he played just 14 games as a backup for first-choice stopper Onur Kivrak.

Now though, Alvarado could arrive as competition for Wes Foderingham at Rangers, given that Cammy Bell has just one year left on his contract at Ibrox and January signing Maciej Gostomski has already left the club.

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Rangers fans may not be too familiar with Alvarado, but he was caught up in a storm of controversy back in 2011, as when an Ajax fan stormed onto the pitch to attack the goalkeeper, Alvarado kicked the supporter twice and was sent off for violent conduct.

Many have subsequently questioned whether Alvarado has the temperament to not only play for Rangers, but also face off against Celtic in the Old Firm derby - one of the fiercest rivalries in world football.

However, The Scottish Sun have spoken to Costa Rican football expert Rafa Corrales, and he believes that Alvarado would have no problems in an Old Firm game, and suggested the move would be ideal for both the player and Rangers.

Corrales added that Alvarado is Costa Rica's second best goalkeeper behind Real Madrid star Keylor Navas, and has impressed for his country in recent years.

"The Ajax incident was just him showing his Latin character," said Corrales. "I don’t think he will have any problems playing in Scotland, and least of all in a derby match against Celtic. It’s a classic match and he would be well aware of that. If the transfer works out it will be ideal for both Alvarado and Rangers. He’ll win five million more fans on top of what he already has."

"He is a great keeper, the best in the country behind Keylor Navas. He is young and has demonstrated that he is capable when playing with Costa Rica in friendly matches. When he was at AZ Alkmaar he was first on the team sheet and played regularly. Despite not playing much with Trabzonspor in Turkey, in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup he did really well with Costa Rica," he added.

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