Opinion: Rangers star has the ability to usurp rival as successor in key position
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Opinion: Rangers star has the ability to usurp rival as successor in key position

Rangers defender Calvin Bassey has all the attributes to become the long-term successor for Borna Barisic in the left-back role following his performances in the position recently.

The 22-year-old was selected to start the match against Dundee Utd on Sunday ahead of the Croatian and performed well during the contest as Rangers couldn’t score the crucial second to win the match.

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Bassey assisted Joe Aribo for the equaliser and looked dangerous going forward, something that Barisic hasn’t done as well at this season compared to the previous campaign.

Rangers have a long-term successor to Borna Barisic at left-back

Bassey has been called into action on a more regular basis this season compared to last and that is because of the scenario regarding the heart of the backline. With Filip Helander out injured, along with Leon Balogun during the embryonic stages of Gio van Bronckhorst’s reign, the player was forced into a slot beside Connor Goldson.

The 22-year-old thrived at centre back and Rangers were excellent defensively up until the winter break.

His versatility is crucial and the manager obviously feels he can throw him into either left or centre back positions and knows he will get a solid performance. There have been mistakes, with the one against Ross County directly leading to a goal, but it is a learning process, and he has come on leaps and bounds.

The Ibrox side signed Johnly Yfeko and Kevin Ciubotaru during the January transfer window who mainly play at left-back, so Bassey might well be looking over his shoulder in a year or two. With Barisic approaching 30, then a decent bid might be enough to tempt Gio to sell and reinvest in the squad.

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It could well make for an interesting summer transfer window that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers star is excelling in the English Championship.