Benni McCarthy believes Glasgow Rangers’ latest signing Bruno Alves is a ‘perfect fit’ for the Ibrox side.

The South African played with the defender when they were together at Porto and believes he could be the best acquisition Pedro Caixinha will make all summer.

The Portuguese manager is expected to have a busy transfer window, which he has already started in quick fashion, with the arrivals of Alves, former Aberdeen captain Ryan Jack and the pending switch for Mexican midfielder Carlos Pena.

McCarthy believes his former team-mate will make all the difference next season, with Gers desperate to compete with Old Firm rivals Glasgow Celtic, who ran away with the Scottish Premiership last year.

“He’ll bring something different to Rangers and beef up their defence, so he’s the right defender to bring in,” he told BBC Scotland.

“Bruno has a wealth of experience, he’s played at the highest level and he’s a winner.

“He’ll give them a bit more stability at the back, more bite, he’s a leader and he’ll organise that defence. His communication won’t be a problem because his English is very good.”

Alves will offer the Ibrox outfit plenty of experience, especially with the Gers return to European competition, where Caixinha is keen to see how his squad handle the occasions.

At 35-years-old, and being offered a two-year-deal with the club, many of the supporters were concerned, however McCarthy was quick to put those worries to bed.

“He’s a fitness fanatic and looks after himself exceptionally well so that will keep him going for a few years,” he said.

“The experience that he’ll bring, Rangers really need it from what I’ve seen last season.”


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