Portugal's Bruno Alves fouls England's Harry Kane before being sent off
Rangers manager, Pedro Caixinha, has showered heaps of praise on new signing, Bruno Alves, saying he is a leader on and off the pitch.
The 35-year-old defender, who has represented Portugal national team 90 times in his career, joined Rangers this summer on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The Portuguese boss admitted in a interview with Portugal newspaper that he had a difficult task of assembling a good squad given the club’s tight budget.
Pedro has revealed that his only plan is to take Rangers into a challenging position for the title, although admitting that getting closer to Celtic will be harder.
Caixinha says that he expects new signing, Fabio Cardoso, to learn from Alves and form a solid partnership at the heart of defence.
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha before the match
"I want him to be one of your leaders, both in the locker room and on the pitch. Despite his age, he can still give us a lot and he's a perfect fit for what we're trying to do here," said Caixinha, as quoted by O Jogo (page 18-19)
"Fabio will learn a lot from him; he's already got a lot of quality and was groomed in a big club in a competitive league.
"We are building a squad with the goal of cutting the gap to Celtic, which is clear at the moment."
Rangers have been very active in the summer transfer window. The Gers have targeted the Portuguese and the Mexican market to bolster their squad, and so far they have done some really good business.
The Ibrox boss has completely overhauled his squad and he is set to bring nine players if all the deals can be pushed through.
Caixinha has hinted that he could sign two more players in the summer.
General View of Ibrox Stadium