Speaking on Open Goal’s Keeping the Ball on the Ground show, former Rangers star Andy Halliday has claimed that there was a training ground feud between Bruno Alves and Jordan Rossiter during his time at the club.
Alves only spent one season at Ibrox, the 2017/18 campaign, while Rossiter was on the books for four years after joining from Liverpool in 2016.
Halliday, the current Hearts player who himself spent five years with the Light Blues, recalled the feud after being asked about memorable training ground battles.
“It was every day – or every day that Rossiter trained!” he said [Open Goal]. “He was out…came back, and first day at training, Alves put in the worst tackle I’ve ever seen in training.”
“He used to smash people in training, some of his tackles were ridiculous. Rossiter never said a word, he bounced straight back up. But five minutes later…a two-footed lunge, scissor.
“Every day after that, the two of them would just smash each other.”
It’s been a while since both Alves and Rossiter left Ibrox, but this is still interesting insight from Halliday into life at Auchenhowie during the Gers’ journey back to the top of Scottish football.
His involvement with Open Goal has led to some complaints from Hearts supporters but as a former Ger and a bluenose, he regularly offers quirky stories and nuggets of info about Rangers that regular fans wouldn’t necessarily know about.
As for his old warring teammates, Rossiter looks to have put his injury woes behind him and is captaining Fleetwood Town in EFL League One this season, while 39-year-old Alves is at Greek Super League club Apollon Smyrnis, although he’s yet to make his debut.