Duel dominance and 4 tackles – Rangers star was superb against Borussia Dortmund
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Duel dominance and 4 tackles – Rangers star was superb against Borussia Dortmund

Rangers spectacularly drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday evening in what proved to be one of the Ibrox side’s historic European nights.

Every single player contributed to the cause and stepped up when it mattered to give the crowd plenty to cheer and celebrate as we knocked one of the main contenders for the trophy out and booked our passage into the last 16.

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With one change made from the weekend, with Filip Helander dropping out and Calvin Bassey moving to centre back, it was a chance to make up for the poor result at Tannadice.

Calvin Bassey shines in Rangers Europa League triumph over Borussia Dortmund

Every member of the Rangers side should get plaudits for executing the game plan during the famous victory on Thursday evening, but Bassey was excellent.

The 22-year-old won nine of his duels throughout the match and made two vital interceptions [SofaScore].

This wasn’t all, the defender made four important tackles, had two clearances, and over the course of the match, wasn’t dribbled past at all [SofaScore].

There is no doubt about it, Bassey has been one of the Ibrox side’s most improved players since the beginning of the season. He has shown his versatility by slotting in alongside Connor Goldson at centre back because of injuries to Helander and Leon Balogun and has excelled.

With Borna Barisic being a shadow of his former self this campaign, Bassey’s long-term future could lie in his natural position at left-back. Giovanni van Bronckhorst appears to rate him highly and his recent performances, bar a couple of mistakes, have been encouraging.

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Starring in a match like last night’s will no doubt boost his confidence and hopefully, this can inspire the side to pick up three points against Motherwell on Sunday.

Meanwhile, three key talking points emerged from the performance against Dortmund following the 2-2 draw.