Calvin Bassey controversy as Rangers star ‘axed’

Calvin Bassey controversy as Rangers star ‘axed’
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 04: Calvin Bassey of Rangers warms up prior to the William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round match between Rangers and Cove Rangers on April 04, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A lot was made of Calvin Bassey’s omission from the PFA YPOTY when Aberdeen’s Connor Barron got a nomination. Barron has just 8 SPL appearances, while Bassey of course has 26, and that excludes the UEL appearances.

Indeed, a lot of fans were slating the PFA for this one, when of course there’s two aspects supporters had neglected to realise.

First off PFA is voted by the players – not the directors, fans, writers or sponsors, but by fellow pros. Generally, they can be trusted to vote the right players.

Secondly, and even more tellingly, Bassey was ineligible. Problem is you have to be 20 when the voting takes place, and the lad wasn’t. He’s 22, having turned that in December.

There’s a reason it’s called young player, and not player – basically anyone 21 or over is now in the seniors, and it appears he fell short there too with his fellow pros.

So, that’s why he wasn’t in YPOTY, and clearly his fellow professionals don’t rate him enough yet to put him among the seniors. Mind you, they didn’t rate any other Rangers players either, so make of that what you will.

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