BRUNO ALVES has hailed his time at Rangers as an "amazing experience".

The big Portuguese defender switched to Ibrox under Pedro Caixinha and made just 25 appearances during an injury hit spell in Scotland.

Alves' two-year contract was terminated after just a year following the dismissal of Caixinha from the Rangers' dugout.

But the veteran stopper insists he looks back on his time in Glasgow with no regrets.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “Glasgow was an amazing experience for me.

“It gave me the chance to experience different things and bring my family to Scotland.

“It was amazing to make new friendships and to know the club. It is a very big club.

“I was in a moment of transition - it was not easy for me - but it was a very positive experience.”

On being able to play at the top of the game at the age of 38, Alves added: “Three factors can help you - experience, the game style of the team and my training.

“I come from an old school of defending that always attack the ball.

“So as part of my routine I do one or two training sessions a week on heading. It’s like strikers, if they don’t do shooting training then how are they going to score?

“So I have always had this routine to work on heading. When I was training with my father it was about how you reach the ball at the highest point and attack it.

“It’s a mentality from the old school of training that has helped me so much.”