Kris Boyd predicts Bruno Alves will leave Rangers

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 brought Bruno Alves to Ibrox in the summer of 2017, and the defender has been linked with a January move away from the Gers.

Portugal's defender Bruno Alves (C-L) and Portugal's midfielder Joao Moutinho (C-R) celebrate at the end of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup third place football match between Portugal and...

Kris Boyd has predicted in The Scottish Sun that Bruno Alves will leave Rangers in the January transfer window.

Alves joined Rangers in the summer of 2017 when Pedro Caixinha was in charge of the Gers after leaving Italian club Cagliari at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Much was expected of the Portugal international central defender when he arrived at Ibrox in the summer of 2017, but the 36-year-old has failed to make a huge impact at the Gers.

There have been injury concerns over the former FC Porto and Zenit Saint Petersburg, and the performances of the 36-year-old have been mixed.

Bruno Alves of Portugal and Chris Wood of New Zealand battle for possession during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Group A match between New Zealand and Portugal at Saint...

According to a recent report in The Scottish Sun, Alves is attracting international from clubs in his native Portugal.

Kilmarnock striker Boyd, who had two separate spells at Rangers, has predicted that Alves will leave the Gers in the January transfer window.

The 34-year-old Scottish striker has also stated that it is remarkable that Alves will play for Portugal at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia in the summer of 2018 despite his disappointing form for Rangers.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 22:Bruno Alves of Rangers tackles All Campbell of Motherwell during the Betfred Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Boyd wrote about Alves in The Scottish Sun: “He just hasn’t stepped up when his team-mates have needed him most.

“It’s remarkable to think there’s every chance he’ll be at the World Cup this summer. Yet, if that’s to happen, it won’t be through his performances for Rangers.

“That’s why I don’t think he will return to Scotland — I think it’s certain he’ll find a new club in his native Portugal.”

Rangers are on the verge of signing Jamie Murphy from Brighton and Hove Albion, according to The Daily Record, and former Brighton and Celtic man Adam Virgo has backed the 28-year-old winger to be a success at Ibrox.

Virgo told The Daily Record: “The lack of game time, this season in particular, doesn’t reflect on the quality of player Rangers are getting.

“If he’d been signed at the end of the Championship season they’d be getting a player who featured regularly at a decent level.

“If you put him in the pecking order this season then he was always going to be behind Anthony, Solly and Jose.

“In terms of playing in Scotland with Rangers he has all the credentials to be a very good player."

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