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Bruno Alves showed leadership qualities, so why didn’t he start Old Firm debacle?


Bruno Alves showed leadership qualities, so why didn’t he start Old Firm debacle?

The Portuguese international is probably wondering what he got himself into with a move to Ibrox.

For Rangers fans, the weekend’s events have signalled what for them is the end of Graeme Murty’s chances of taking charge at Ibrox in the long-term. The caretaker, who had led Rangers to some good form at the start of the year, saw his side put in an abject display as Celtic ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in an Old Firm cup semi-final.

It was not just the events on the pitch that caused a stir. Murty appears to have lost the dressing room. After Andy Halliday laid into him with a verbal tirade after being subbed by Murty, reports soon emerged of a clash after the game as well.

It is reported that club veterans Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace got into a heated argument with Murty. Clearly, it was a serious incident, as the pair have since been suspended by the club.

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With David Bates agreeing on a move to Hamburg, Alfredo Morelos and Greg Docherty getting into their own spat and Daniel Candeias storming down the tunnel it has been a shambolic week for the Glasgow club.

But one man who came out of this awful mess with a lot of credit is Portuguese defender Bruno Alves.

The 36-year-old centre-back, who has 95 caps for the Portuguese national team, is probably wondering what he has got himself into since heading to Ibrox. But on Sunday he was the peacemaker and showed brilliant leadership traits, without even playing.

He was the man trying to console the vitriolic Halliday after he was subbed off. Then he was the man who stepped in to stop Docherty and Morelos from coming to blows.


It does, however, beg the question, why wasn’t Alves playing?

This is a man who has played in massive games all over Europe. He has even played in one of the only derbies that can nearly rival the Old Firm in Istanbul.

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The veteran is a big game player and the decision not to play him from the start against Celtic, in hindsight, made little sense.

A proven leader, with big game experience, he would have surely put in a better performance than what Rangers were dealt up.

He has not been excellent since his arrival in the summer, but these are the games he thrives in and his leadership could have been crucial in this clash.

Then again, so would have Kenny Miller’s.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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