The Italian-born Nigerian international defender, 22, left Rangers for a club-record fee in the summer as Dutch giants Ajax splashed out an initial £19m rising to £23m for the ex-Leicester kid [Sky Sports].
Given Rangers only paid £230k for the player, it’s a phenomenal piece of business and no-one begrudged Calvin Bassey the move.
But after being shown red in his first competitive game for the club – a 5-3 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Johan Cruyff Shield – Calvin was back in the Ajax squad for the clash with Sparta Rotterdam.
Ex-Rangers star Calvin Bassey in first league start with Ajax
Bassey played the full 90 minutes in the clash with Sparta alongside Jurrien Timber at centre-back, suggesting this is where the Dutch Champions see Calvin playing for them.
Having started his career at left-back, Bassey’s powerful, athletic and technical performances from centre-half last season attracted interest from across Europe in his services.
The match would finish 1-0 with fellow summer signing Steven Bergwijn netting the only goal of the match to send Ajax top of the Eredivisie after three games.
Calvin Bassey would then take to Twitter to acknowledge his full Ajax debut and promised to keep working as he settles into life in the Netherlands.
Interestingly, Ajax’s Eredivisie rivals PSV Eindhoven also have a perfect start to the season but have only played two games with one eye on a Champions League clash with Rangers.
As the Gers were getting subjected to a woeful refereeing performance against Hibs in the Scottish Premiership, the Dutch authorities were handing PSV a week off to prepare.
What’s more, after finishing the game with nine men the Rangers team were subjected to a harder work out than anticipated as well as bitter disappointment in a 2-2 draw.
We’re sure now Ajax star Calvin Bassey will be cheering Rangers on as they make the trip to the Netherlands but Ibrox supporters are under no illusions regarding the PSV challenge that lies in wait.
The pressure is on the Rangers board to deliver this summer after failing to properly build on the success of 55 in season 20/21.