Rangers man is proving a surprise star for Gio

Rangers man is proving a surprise star for Gio
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Juninho Bacuna and Calvin Bassey of Rangers interact prior to the Premier Sports Cup semi-final match between Hibernian and Rangers at Hampden Park on November 21, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite his OG, there’s no denying Calvin Bassey had yet another impressive match as Rangers CB, in a position he’s well-known to dislike and in which he deeply struggled in Prague.

The change in manager seems to have absolutely transformed Bassey into a growing asset, a player most fans wouldn’t have looked twice at only 5 months ago, and while he’s been a rising star this season as a viable LB prior to Gio’s arrival, his emergence in the middle has been a real eye-opener.

Has Giovanni van Bronckhorst found a sparkling new CB on our own doorstep in the form of the ex-Leicester man?

Ibrox Noise’s Scott talked about how Bassey could be the new Taribo West – those are massive boots to fill, but Bassey at just 21 is starting to show that he is the complete versatile modern defender.

Big, strong, quick, and learning to read the game better and better, the Nigeria international (yet to be capped) is becoming quite the unit, and while there are a tonne of complaints we can level at SG for the many porkies he told, he got his optimistic assessment of Bassey’s talents bang on.

Is Bassey the solution for the middle?

Well, a modern football club needs four alpha CBs – currently we have just one in Connor Goldson, who is likely to leave in January. But we have Bassey growing into that role and clearly he’s versatile enough to excel there.

Somehow, GVB has got the best out of him already, and with Filip Helander and Leon Balogun not to mention the potentially returning Niko Katic as well as the signing of Vitesse’s Danilho Doekhi coming up, Rangers in only four+ weeks could be very well stocked in defence indeed.

That would be nice.

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  1. I don’t see Bassey being anything other that emergency cover at CB. He has the physical attributes but positionally he is poor and nearly cost us a goal when Dembele was through and should’ve scored. He’s also not dominant at set pieces and we struggled at set plays last night.

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