Glasgow Rangers confirmed on Wednesday that their summer business had started, with veteran Portuguese centre-half Bruno Alves signing a two-year deal with the Ibrox club.
Pedro Caixinha is set to revamp the Gers squad this summer and a number of new defenders are believed to be on the manager’s hitlist.
Alves brings a wealth of top-level club and international experience to Rangers and is expected to be something of a talisman in the Ibrox dressing room.
However, Celtic fans are not shaking in their boots at the defender’s arrival in Scotland, even as the Portugal international states he has signed for the Glasgow side to win trophies.
With Alves in the twilight years of his playing career and turning 36 in November, the Bhoys supporters have questioned the logic of landing a veteran on a two-year deal.
The Celtic fans were also quick to point out the Portuguese enforcer’s lack of pace, with the Parkhead faithful pointing out that the likes of sprightly forward Moussa Dembele would look forward to facing him.
Here are the best tweets.
Rangers spout racism at black players & sing songs about hating Catholics all season. They just signed a black catholic & they're ecstatic ðŸ¤”
— Michael Thomson (@Michael_T89) May 31, 2017
Bruno Alves signs for Rangers and wants to take the title from Celtic pic.twitter.com/oPMEdYNtWY
— Tom GðŸŒ¹ (@Gillotine92) May 31, 2017
â€Bruno Alves warns Celtic: I don't settle for second bestâ€. Full quote is "that's why I signed here, I'm happy with third best".
— _Celtic_ (@__Celtic__) May 31, 2017
Alves saying he's going to be a Champion,has the same hollow ring to it,as when Pedro said he'd the best squad in the country ðŸ˜‚
— Celtic Symphony (@DM8883) May 31, 2017
— ðŸ€â’¸â’½â“‡â’¾â“ˆâ“ˆâ“Žâ’·â’½â“„â“ŽðŸ€ (@COYBIGCMONHOOPS) May 31, 2017
No, just because I'm a Celtic fan doesn't mean I'm taking the p, Senderos/Hill zero pace, found out, it'll be as important for Alves.
— @BrilloPad (@_Brillopad_) May 31, 2017
I swear to go the combined age of Clint hill and Alves is the same as the whole Forfar first team ðŸ˜‚
— CelticFC_HQ ðŸ€ (@Celtic_HQ1) May 31, 2017
— Dom Schiavone (@Shiv1888) May 31, 2017
I believe Bruno Alves has made a mistake. He meant to sign with Partick Thistle.
— Worldwide Celtic (@WorldwideCeltic) May 31, 2017