Kevin Thomson delivers verdict on Bruno Alves after Rangers departure

Portugal's defender Bruno Alves attends a press conference at the team's base in Kratovo, outside Moscow, on June 28, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by...

Alves has left Rangers to join Serie A side Parma.

Portugal's defender Bruno Alves arrives at the Zhukovsky airport, about 40 km southeast of Moscow, on July 1, 2018, as Portugal's team departs following their loss the previous day to...

Rangers coach Kevin Thomson has told BT Sport that he was "disappointed" with Bruno Alves during the 2017-18 season, who has since left to join Serie A side Parma.

Alves, 36, has joined Parma on a one-year contract after agreeing to tear up his contract following the end of the World Cup in Russia where he remained on the bench, as Portugal reached the last 16.

Signed by Pedro Caixinha, the Euro 2016 champion made 25 appearances for the Gers but failed to hold down a place in the Rangers side - especially during Graeme Murty's spell in charge.

Thomson gave a brutally honest verdict on the centre-back, who has made way for the likes of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic while Steven Gerrard remains interested in bringing another central defender to the club.

"When they brought in Alves, I came out in the paper saying the spine of the team needed to be fixed," Thomson said. "I thought Alves potentially could have been the one that could have done that.

"He was disappointing, to be honest, whenever I had seen him. That's taking nothing away from the career that he's had. For whatever reason, it didn't work out."

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.

Alves is just one of a number of expensive, foreign imports under Caixinha to have failed at Rangers, including the likes of Carlos Pena, Eduardo Herrera and Fabio Cardoso.

Rangers earned their first win under Steven Gerrard competitively, as they saw off the challenge of Macedonian outfit FK Shkupi with a 2-0 win at Ibrox thanks to goals from Jamie Murphy and James Tavernier.

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.

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