Rangers hero Lorenzo Amoruso has told The Scottish Herald that he thinks Bruno Alves is an important signing for Rangers and will 'do a good job' at Ibrox.
The Gers ended their season last month and knew that they had to work hard to bring in key signings over the summer, having finished a staggering 39 points behind Old Firm rivals and league champions Celtic.
Manager Pedro Caixinha clearly felt that defensive stability would be key to his plans, and a centre back was certainly needed given that Danny Wilson is injured, Rob Kiernan appears to be surplus to requirements, and both Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos will leave this summer when their contract expire.
Bruno Alves celebrates
On Wednesday, Caixinha swooped to land his first Rangers signing since becoming manager in March, as Portuguese international defender Bruno Alves joined the club on a two-year deal.
A big-name defender in Europe having impressed in spells with Porto, Zenit St. Petersburg and Fenerbahce, Alves is a veteran centre back who even fared well with Cagliari in Serie A this past season, at the age of 35.
Cagliari's Bruno Alves in action against Roma
Alves has also racked up 89 caps for Portugal and helped his country win last summer's European Championships, meaning he is something of a coup for Rangers despite his advancing years.
Brought in to lead the Rangers defence moving forward, Alves has earned comparisons to former Gers hero Lorenzo Amoruso for his aggression and leadership ability – and Amoruso has now had his say on Alves.
Speaking to The Scottish Herald, Amoruso has admitted that he has seen plenty of Alves over the last year, and praised his fitness for his age, suggesting that he will be a vital addition to the Rangers defence as he is 'hard and tough'.
“I was doing commentary in France last summer so I saw him play for Portugal and I watched him a lot this season,” said Amoruso. “I thought he did very well considering he is not a young player anymore. He is in good shape and he performed well. Cagliari were just promoted to Serie A and they stayed up comfortably and without any stress. They lost a few games when they conceded a lot of goals but his performances were still good. He is a danger from set-pieces as well.”
“When you consider everything, I think Cagliari were more than happy with him. He did extremely well and he is a physical guy. Considering his age, he is definitely very fit and that is a good thing for Rangers. I don’t know how long he can keep performing at that level but he can do a good job for Rangers. They need someone hard and tough at the back and Bruno’s history speaks for itself. He keeps himself in great shape and that is important,” he added.
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