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STEVEN GERRARD will wait until after Portugal’s interest in the World Cup is over before he tells Bruno Alves his Rangers career is at an end.

The 36-year-old international centre-half, believed to be earning £28,000-a-week at Ibrox, still has a year left on his contract after arriving last summer as ex-boss Pedro Caixinha’s marquee signing.

However, Alves made only 17 appearances in a season hampered by injuries and is now heading for the exit as rookie gaffer Gerrard reshapes the squad.

And he has spent around £5million in bringing in Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, who both play in central defence.

Gerrard has already told flops Eduardo Herrera and Fabio Cardoso their time is up at the Govan outfit.

Michael O’Halloran, Jason Holt, Kenny Miller and Joe Dodoo have also been removed in recent weeks.

He said: “I haven’t spoken to Bruno yet. I have given him the respect he deserves and he has got very important things to focus on right now in terms of the World Cup and that should be his priority.

“I don’t think I should be phoning him and having a conversation on his domestic career just yet. There will be a time for it.”

However, it is certain Alves has kicked his last ball for the Gers and Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes could throw him a career lifeline.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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