Rangers' three most improved players in 2021
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Rangers' three most improved players in 2021

Following the turn of the year, we’ve picked out Rangers’ three most improved players in 2021.

It’s been a tricky one to narrow down but the trio of stars we’ve gone for have all come on leaps and bounds in the past year.

Joe Aribo

It’s been clear since the moment Aribo arrived from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2019 that he has bags of talent.

Over the course of 2021 he found much more consistency with his performance levels and crucially, improved his numbers at the top end of the pitch.

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Since Giovanni van Bronckhorst took over last month, his game appears to have gone up a level again.

With physicality, skill, vision and an eye for goal, he’s arguably the outstanding player in Scotland right now.

Six goals and five assists constitutes a good return from a midfielder at this stage in the campaign and Bears are praying he sticks around at least until the summer.

Nathan Patterson

Patterson made his debut for Rangers in 2020 but he really established himself as a leading British talent in 2021.

His run in the side across February, March and April when covering for an injured James Tavernier allowed him the chance to shine in both domestic and European football, and while he’s not received as many chances as many hoped he would at club level this season, he’s been starring for Scotland.

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Unfortunately for Bears, it doesn’t look like Patterson will be adding to his 27 first-team appearances, with a big-money move to Everton said to be imminent [Sky Sports].

Calvin Bassey

Bassey arrived at Ibrox in the summer of 2020 without a single senior appearance to his name and since then, he’s made massive strides.

The defender’s power and energy were immediately apparent but during his first few months it was also clear that he was still a very rough diamond, with a mistake in a League Cup quarter-final defeat to St Mirren in December 2020 denting his confidence.

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He’s kicked on since then, though, looking a lot more composed with the ball at his feet whether playing left-back or centre-back.

The popular 22-year-old has done an excellent job recently amid a defensive injury crisis and he has a bright future ahead of him at the club.