Rangers have opportunity to replicate Bruno Alves deal by targeting ex-teammate for club and country

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers defender Bruno Alves' former teammate for club and country is available, so should the Ibrox side act?

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen prior to the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

One of the smartest deals that Pedro Caixinha pulled off during the summer was the move that saw Bruno Alves move to Rangers from Cagliari. 

Alves may be in the twilight of his career, but he is clearly still good enough to perform at an extremely high level and has the experience that will only benefit the likes of Fabio Cardoso and Ross McCrorie as they continue their developments.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

So perhaps Caixinha should look at that deal and see if he can replicate it by bringing in one of Alves' former teammates for both club and country.

The Daily Mirror has reported that Raul Meireles is attracting Premier League attention currently following his release from Fenerbahce

Fabian Johnson of the United States is challenged by Raul Meireles of Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia...

At 34, Meireles' best years may be behind him but there is no question that he would certainly bring something to the Scottish Premiership side if they decided to pursue a deal and managed to bring him to Ibrox.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea man - who played alongside Alves for Fener, as well as for the Portugal national team - could be an extremely valuable squad player for Caixinha, both in terms of bringing quality to the side but also in helping bring some of the younger players on.

And with Meireles a free agent, a deal may not hurt the Gers' transfer budget too significantly, so the amount of risk involved in a deal would be significantly reduced.

The likes of Alves and Meireles - if Rangers did join the hunt and did win the race - may not be the long-term answer at Ibrox, but those kind of players will undoubtedly ensure that the long-term picture at Rangers can be a lot brighter.

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