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Caixinha calling on Alves to step up and become Rangers' leader

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has urged Bruno Alves to talk up after telling the veteran defender he wants him to be his eyes and ears on the pitch.

The 35-year-old centre-back made his first appearance in a blue jersey since sealing his summer switch from Cagliari during Saturday's friendly draw with Marseille.

The Portugal international gave a solid display during his hour-long run-out.

But Caixinha wants to see his compatriot make more use of his years of experience. He said: "He's being a quiet boy, just observing and just getting to know everything, but he's that type of leader that doesn't need to express too much.

"I really want Bruno to represent me on the pitch. He's a man that this club needs, especially having at the back leadership and experience and understanding of the game."

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