The Glasgow Rangers centre-back has done nothing to impress in recent weeks.
When Rangers signed Bruno Alves back in the summer, it looked like a significant upgrade on former centre-back Clint Hill - another veteran but one with an illustrious career and with a few years more in the tank than the 39-year-old.
Following Lee Wallace's injury Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has had to hand the captain's armband to other members of his squad, with Alves wearing it this weekend, but on Sunday's evidence it should be given to someone willing to show a lot more fight for the cause.
Rangers' 2-0 defeat to Motherwell on Sunday was the perfect example of everything that is wrong at Rangers right now, with some of their most experienced players simply not pulling their weight and too many of Caixinha's summer signings falling short.
Carlos Pena rightly earned criticism for his woeful showing but Alves should not be overlooked, because if this is a captain leading by example, it is no wonder Rangers lost the match.
With 94 appearances for Portugal under his belt and successful spells at Zenit St. Petersburg, FC Porto and Fenerbahce, Alves should be taking this Rangers side by the scruff of the neck and fighting for every ball and every chance.
Instead he looks like he is not bothered, with Scottish football anything but the cakewalk he may have envisaged when he first arrived.