NEW signing Bruno Alves has expressed his burning desire to help take Rangers back to the top of Scottish football and to get his hands on more silverware.
The 35-year-old Portuguese defender has enjoyed a highly successful career, winning league titles with Porto, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Fenerbahce as well as domestic cup competitions.
It’s a similar story at international level.
Alves was a key member of the Portugal under-21 side which emerged victorious at the Toulon Tournament in 2001 and last year he was in the Portugal squad which became Euro 2016 champions after beating the hosts France in the final.
At that tournament the towering stopper, who has 89 caps, made just one appearance but he produced a powerful display to help his side defeat Wales 2-0 in the semi-finals, with Ronaldo and Nani getting the goals in the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
A winner and leader on and off the pitch, Alves is now craving more success after signing a two-year deal with the Light Blues.
He told RangersTV: “I have this feeling and this desire to win and I think to move here will bring this back to me and to my career.
At almost all the clubs I have played for I win, and I expect to win here for the fans and for the club; I think I can do this here.
“I want to be a champion again. This is one of the best feelings that I have in my career and the last time I was a champion at a club was in Fenerbahce. I want to have this feeling again.
“I think I come here for the right reasons and I think that I can bring this back to the club.”
Alves got the chance to walk around Ibrox this morning although it’s not the first time he has been to the stadium.
In September 2005 he was in the Porto squad that travelled to Glasgow for a Champions League group stage match, which Rangers won 3-2.
He didn’t play on that occasion but was a used substitute when the sides met again in November of that year when a late Ross McCormack strike secured a memorable 1-1 draw for Alex McLeish’s side.
Alves remembers the games well and, in particular, the atmosphere at Ibrox.
He said: “For me it was a very good experience and this also made me come here, to receive the affection and the support of the fans.
“All the people that come here they will never forget about what they see and what they experienced. It’s a fantastic environment.”
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