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Chris Sutton comments on Rangers' Bruno Alves

Cagliari's Bruno Alves in action against Roma

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers have signed five players so far this summer.

Bruno Alves celebrates

Chris Sutton has told The Record that Rangers defender Bruno Alves has "great pedigree".

The 35-year-old defender was Pedro Caixinha's first signing as Rangers manager, with the Portuguese coach bringing in four more players since then.

With 90 Portugal caps under his belt, Alves should bring a wealth of experience to the Gers' dressing room next season as the Ibrox club look to bridge the gap on Old Firm rivals Celtic after finishing 39 points behind the Hoops last season.

Celtic's Nadir Ciftci and Fenerbahce's Bruno Alves

Caixinha is in the process of putting his stamp on the team after predecessor Mark Warburton struggled to get the best out of his troops, being sacked in February.

And although Sutton believes that Alves represents a good start to Rangers' recruitment this time around, the former Celtic man claims it remains to be seen whether or not Caixinha's charges prove to be good signings.

"To be fair, he has brought in his own players. Bruno Alves has great pedigree and a lot of foreign players have come in," he told The Record.

"That has worked in the past for clubs but the jury is still out.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the match

"Pedro has had a lot to say and he took on an enormously tough job with a squad of players who really underperformed under Mark Warburton."

Alves was followed to the club by Ryan Jack, Fabio Cardoso, Dalcio and Daniel Canedias, while plenty more - including red-hot striker Alfredo Morelos - are expected to sign.

Warburton brought over 10 players to Ibrox last season, though many proved poor acquisitions and his successor must strike a balance between quality and quantity.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

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