GVB admits Calvin Bassey is destined to leave Rangers

GVB admits Calvin Bassey is destined to leave Rangers
Rangers' Italian-born English defender Calvin Bassey attends a team training session at the Rangers Training Centre in Glasgow on May 12, 2022, ahead of their Europa League final football match against Eintracht Frankfurt on May 18th. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

GVB has effectively confirmed Calvin Bassey’s future is destined to be away from Rangers after suggesting the Nigeria international’s progress has been so impressive he will inevitably get his move to the Premier League in the future.

Speaking as Rangers prepare for Saturday’s friendly with Blackpool, Rangers’ boss said:

“I am more than happy to help Calvin in his development and to make sure he comes to reach a level where everyone will say ‘well, the best thing for him is to move on’. They are all winners. The club is a winner because we developed him and we will get a transfer fee. And the player as well, he will have a fantastic time here then move on.”

In truth, a player of the quality of the former Leicester man, who has become the finest example of Rangers scouting since Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo, it becomes clear that the SPL is just too small for him, and that maybe even the Europa League final was too.

This lad is destined for Europe’s biggest clubs and the Champions League, and he will certainly get an audition for that level in at least the qualifiers for Rangers when they arrive later this month.

Gio went on:

“You never know. Of course, the potential he has is big, the potential also that a team will notice he has. He came in, he is very sharp, he is very energetic and happy. I think it is good for him to keep going, keep going, and to give everything he has to this team, which he has done so far really well. I had the same. I came here in ’98 after the World Cup and had three good years with Rangers and then I moved on to Arsenal and to the Premier League. I think that is also a path that many players will do. If you see the squad, Joe played for three years and we have reached a level now where I think he can reach another level being involved in the strongest league in the world. We have Kamara as well, who is talented and came here. That is what you want as well and that is also what being a successful team in Scotland brings with it.”

And he is of course correct – he’s being realistic, that Bassey is unlikely to be one Rangers can hold onto. But that said, the transfer fervour over the 22-year has gone very quiet the past few weeks so perhaps Rangers will keep him at least one more season.

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  1. GVB being realistic. If we can bring good players (or managers) to the club and we get 3 years out of them then it probably means they’ve been successful and we will get good money for them and we will be seen as a club where players can develop at and still get their big move.

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