Derek Johnstone predicts Bruno Alves stay at 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 defender Bruno Alves will stay at Ibrox next season, predicts Derek Johnstone.

Bruno Alves of Rangers attempts an overhead kick during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Falkirk at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Derek Johnstone has predicted in The Glasgow Evening Times that Rangers will not sell Ibrox defender Bruno Alves in the summer transfer window.

Alves has been linked with a move away from Rangers this summer, with The Scotsman claiming last month that the Portugal international central defender is expected to leave.

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Rangers legend Johnstone, who won the league title thrice and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once with the Ibrox club, has predicted that the 36-year-old centre-back will be part of Steven Gerrard’s team for the 2018-19 campaign.

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.

Johnstone wrote in The Glasgow Evening Times: “Bruno Alves is a player who has been accused of lacking commitment; however, I am not convinced that we have seen the last of the Portuguese.

“I fancy Gerrard will play with a three-man defence and that is why I feel the veteran defender might be kept on.”

Bruno Alves of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bruno Alves stay at Rangers

Alves did not have a great season on a personal level for Rangers during the 2017-18 campaign.

However, there is no doubt that the Euro 2016 winner is a very good defender, and although he is past his time, he can still do a good job under new Rangers manager Gerrard.

Rangers will be aiming to challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season, and keeping Alves will enable the Gers to do just that.

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