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Alves marks Caixinha’s rebuild + Wenger deal

Bruno Alves
Bruno Alves: in Scotland to win trophies (SNS Group)

Pedro Caixinha’s reconstruction of the Rangers team has begun with the signing of compatriot Bruno Alves, a member of Portugal’s European Championship winning squad last year.

The 35-year-old defender has moved to Ibrox from Cagliari on a two-year contract. He has won 89 caps for his country and won the championship with clubs in his homeland, Russia and Turkey.

He is Caixinha’s first summer signing, and signals an intent to close the gap on Celtic who finished the season 39 points ahead of their city rivals.

“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,” Alves said on the club’s website.

He said he was keen to work with Rangers’ manager Caixinha.

“I know him and I know about the work he did in Portugal and also some players that he coached before,” said the defender.

“I think he has the quality and he has the ideas to make this club successful again.”

Alves was also in the Porto squad that lost 3-2 to Rangers at Ibrox in a Champions League group stage match in 2005 and recalled “a fantastic environment”.

Dundee knocked back on Ross

St Mirren have refused Dundee permission to speak to Jack Ross.

The Dens Parkers want the highly-rated former Alloa boss to replace Neil McCann who opted against staying on after his spell as interim boss.

Buddies chairman Gordon Scott said: “We have replied informing them that Jack is under contract and that we won’t be giving them permission to speak to him. That is the end of it as far as we are concerned.”

Wenger targets title

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to have at least £100 million to spend in the summer after signing a new two-year contract with the club.

The Gunners ended months of uncertainty over the 67-year-old’s future with an announcement that he has penned a deal keeping him at the helm until at least 2019.

“I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement,” said Wenger, who has been in charge for 21 years.

“This is a strong group of players and with some additions we can be even more successful.

“We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season.”

Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League this season but defeated champions Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup on Saturday.

Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “There is no complacency anywhere at this club.

“Our goal is to compete for and win trophies here and in Europe. Everything we do is designed to make that happen and we will be working hard on and off the pitch this summer to improve and make a strong challenge next season.”

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