Daniel Candeias has heaped praise on former Rangers teammate Bruno Alves on Instagram after the veteran defender posted stats that showed he is ninth in Europe’s top five leagues for aerial challenges.
Alves, 37, struggled at Rangers after being brought to the club in the summer of 2017 by Pedro Caixinha. He played just 25 times for the Teddy Bears, and was offloaded by Steven Gerrard only a year into his two-year deal.
The Euro 2016 winner has since joined Serie A side Parma after the Italian powerhouse returned to the top flight. They look as though they will avoid relegation, sitting in 13th and six points above the drop with six games to play.
Alves posted on Instagram a series of pictures that shows he is ninth in European football when it comes to aerial challenges in the top five leagues. Lyon’s Marcelo is top, while Harry Maguire is in third.
Candeias commented, applauding Alves, saying: “Nothing that surprises me brother. You play a lot, it is due recognition.”
Should Rangers regret offloading Alves? The defender struggled in his time at Ibrox, but did captain the side and showed in glimpses that he was more than adept at Scottish Premiership level.
However, the Serie A suits his game to a tee. At 37, he has lost that yard of pace. The slower speed of Italian football is much better suited to Alves, rather than the quick tempo of the Scottish Premiership.
So perhaps Rangers were right to let Alves go, but it will still come as frustrating to see him impress in Serie A.