Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has praised Calvin Bassey ahead of Sunday afternoon’s Premiership fixture against Livingston at Ibrox, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

Bassey is set to be named in the starting lineup for just the second time in his senior career, with first-choice left-back, Borna Barisic, nursing a knock picked up in the Europa League win over Standard Liege.

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Croatia international Borna Barisic was forced off in Liege. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old earned rave reviews from fans for his substitute display in Belgium and his manager has now added praise of his own.

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“He was a plus and I think the fans will be really happy with his showing,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “They’ll be really proud of Calvin. He came on at a difficult time. He came into a difficult game on a difficult pitch when conditions were really tough. He played with maturity.”

“We trust Calvin. I know he’s young and not mature yet in terms of being a professional. We need to polish him up, we know he’s a rough diamond. But his attributes mean he has a big part to play.

“We have no hesitation in putting him into games at the beginning or into games when’s it’s difficult because he’s ready. He’s shown us on a daily basis that he wants to be here, he’s hungry. He wants to push Borna and he’s certainly doing that.”

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Gerrard has backed Calvin Bassey to shine against Livingston. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers boss Gerrard praises Calvin Bassey ahead of Livingston clash – Verdict

Bassey was something of an unknown quantity when he arrived at Ibrox, considering he hadn’t yet made an appearance at senior level.

 

However, the former Leicester City U23 star hasn’t looked overawed at any stage during his six Gers outings to date.

Rangers will always miss Borna Barisic’s top-quality left foot when he’s not in the side but Bassey has looked capable defensively and his powerful running down the flank caused problems in Liege.

He still has plenty to learn in the game but he looks an able backup option and will be hoping to make the most of another opportunity on Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of the game, check out our Predicted XI video over on the Rangers News YouTube channel.

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