The Nigerian international broke the outgoing Rangers transfer record when he signed on at the Dutch club in a £19m rising to £23m deal [Sky Sports] and it’s clear he’s already making an impression.
Rangers fans fell in love with the big defender over his two seasons at Ibrox and his evolution from tireless and effective left-back to commanding centre-half was overseen in Govan.
Now, the defender has taken pride of place at the heart of the Ajax defence and it’s clear he is already beginning to win the Amsterdam club over.
Taking to Twitter, Ajax celebrated the fledgling Calvin Bassey and Jurrien Timber link up after the 4-0 win over Cambuur, this the pair’s third clean sheet in a row.
Rangers will have to overcome the impressive duo to win in Amsterdam as the club returns to the Champions League for the first time in 12 years.
Calvin Bassey gives Ajax the inside Rangers track
One of the defender’s new teammates has claimed that Calvin Bassey has been telling his friends at Ajax about what to expect from Rangers.
Ex-Man United defender Daley Blind is at Ajax alongside Bassey and speaking to the Daily Record the Dutch defender praised both Calvin and the job done by Rangers in his development.
Blind also revealed that the ex-Leicester City kid has been given the Ajax squad the lowdown on Rangers.
“Already we can see that he (Calvin Bassey) is a big talent,” said Blind.
“We can see he is strong and enjoys the physical side of the game – but he is also comfortable on the ball and playing out from the back – and that is the style of football threat we try to play at Ajax.
“Rangers must take credit for the player he is and his development. He is a young player still and as a young player it is so important where you can be at a club where you will play and where they obviously want to develop you – and Rangers was that club for him.
“Now he is at Ajax we hope his development can go up a level and he can become one of the best defenders in Europe.
“Of course we have spoken with him about the game against Rangers to help us prepare. He has only positive things to say about them – but all that will matter will be trying to win the game.
“With also Liverpool and Napoli in the group for me it is one of the toughest groups – that is why it is so important we try and get off to a good start against Rangers.”
Meanwhile, Rangers have been placed on a special UEFA watchlist alongside the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona.