Rangers have announced a new raft of players who’ll be involved as part of the Weekend of Legends clash – with the inclusion of Bruno Alves set to raise eyebrows.
The legendary Portuguese centre-back, 41, will join a team of Rangers legends in the weekend’s charity match with a World XI as the club follow on from a similar clash last season.
The Gers hosted a Luis Figo XI in a memorable clash at Ibrox to celebrate the club’s 150th anniversary, with the World XI winning 3-2 and Paul Gascoigne scoring.
Now set to host the Weekend of Legends II, Rangers fans can look forward to seeing a whole host of former heroes who turned out for the Ibrox club over the years.
These include legends such as Lorenzo Amoruso, Jorg Albertz and Barry Ferguson, who will captain the side, as well as plenty of others who’ll split debate surrounding such a tag.
But the inclusion of Bruno Alves is set to prove the most controversial with the Pedro Caixinha signing’s short-lived stint in Glasgow not a memorable one by any means.
Bruno Alves gets Rangers Weekend of Legends nod
Signed in the summer of 2017, the legendary former Porto star and 96-times capped Portugal defender spent a year at Ibrox which was defined by injuries.
Rangers spent big on a whole host of Pedro Caixinha’s bright ideas and that included high wages for the veteran centre-back.
But despite making 25 appearances for Rangers, and scoring two goals, there were major questions surrounding the player’s commitment to the cause at Ibrox.
Amid reports from the Times that the player refused to be a substitute for the club following the sacking of Caixinha, there were also complaints when the player went down injured just minutes into an Old Firm derby at Parkhead.
Bruno Alves was then released by Steven Gerrard the following summer before going on to play with Parma in Serie A, Famalicão in Portugal and Apollon Smyrnis in Greece.
Now the sporting director at former club AEK Athens, Bruno Alves has previously claimed he’ll be a Rangers fan “forever” after his Ibrox stint, but he’ll do well to win over fans who have major doubts about his time in Glasgow.