Rangers: 6ft rising star has “won over a lot of people”

Rangers defender Calvin Bassey ‘has won over a lot of people’ with a string of impressive performances of late, according to senior Gers journalist Chris Jack.

The 22-year-old has often played second fiddle to first-choice left-back Borna Barisic since arriving from Leicester City in July 2020 but has thrived when called upon in the current campaign.

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Before this season, Bassey had only featured 15 times for the Gers in all competitions, yet he’s turned out on 37 occasions throughout 2021/22, providing a respectable five assists.

The 6 foot ace has also showcased his diversity, playing in his traditional full-back role, as well as at centre-back, thriving under the tutelage of new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

In fact, the Dutch tactician has selected Bassey from the off in every Scottish Premiership fixture he’s been at the helm since replacing Steven Gerrard back in November.

And that show of faith means Bassey has played every minute of Rangers’ last 20 league games, helping them keep 13 clean sheets in the top-flight to date.

But the versatile gem has also showcased his credentials on the European stage, playing in both legs of the Glasgow giants’ famous 6-4 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League last-32.

What has Jack said about Bassey?

Bassey’s increased game time this term has been testament to his improved performances, with FotMob awarding him a 7.26 season rating.

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And Jack believes that the youngster ‘has almost cemented his place’ as a valuable asset to have in Van Bronckhorst’s setup at Ibrox.

In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “I think Bassey, over the last few weeks, has won over a lot of people. I think he has almost cemented his place as a very good squad option for Rangers.”

Can Rangers retain the league title?

Rangers ended their 10-year wait for a top-flight title last term, finishing a whopping 25 points ahead of bitter rivals Celtic after going the entire campaign unbeaten.

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However, under the tutelage of Ange Postecoglou, the Hoops are a renewed force this time around and currently hold a three-point advantage over the Gers at the top of the table.

With two Old Firm derbies left to play, though, there is plenty of time for Rangers to turn things around in what is set to be an enthralling title race north of the border.

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