Back in 2017 the Pedro Caixinha era at Rangers properly got underway with Portuguese idol Bruno Alves the club’s marquee move.
The big defender – who has returned to his home country with F.C. Famalicão following a spell in Serie A with Parma – was the biggest name brought into the club during Pedro’s failed regime.
Alves, now 39, would play a total of 25 times for Rangers but his spell in Glasgow will be remembered for contentious injuries and an unfamiliarity with his Scottish surroundings.
But despite the fact that his Rangers spell was one of the most underwhelming in an illustrious career which includes 96 Portugal caps, Alves claims he still celebrated the club’s title triumph.
“I was so happy for Rangers when they won the league last season,” said Alves [Daily Record].
“They have been trying for so long to reach this moment and the fans deserve it.
“The supporters were always there for the club so it was a very special moment. I had one season there and it might not have been the best period but I loved it.
“Rangers, for me, was a very good experience. I learned so much. Not only the football but also the culture and I was very well received in a new country and I’ll cherish that forever and support Rangers forever.”
Those comments will go down well with the a Rangers support who felt they never quite saw the best of Bruno during his time in Glasgow.
The defender was also speaking amid links between Rangers and his old club FC Porto regarding Colombian firebrand Alfredo Morelos.
Alves joined the club in the same summer as Alfredo and believes that the striker is worth £20m, even if Porto might not be willing to pay it.
“Given his quality and what he’s been doing in the last few years then I would say the reported fee of £20m isn’t a lot for Alfredo Morelos,” said Alves
“It’s still a lot of money for Porto to pay but if you want that kind of quality then that’s what you have to pay so it’s the right price for him right now.
“If Porto want to buy him then they have to pay good money because he’s a player with a lot of value and is a Colombian international.
“I’m not inside the club just now so I don’t know if they want Morelos to keep him for a long time or to sell on for a profit.
“I don’t know what their motivation is for the transfer but if they pay this money then I believe he’s worth it.”
Whilst the links to Porto remain prominent in some quarters of the press, one ex-Ibrox skipper claims his contacts have rubbished those reports.