Many Rangers fans are calling for Borna Barisic to be dropped and replaced by Calvin Bassey for Thursday night’s Europa League playoff first leg against Alashkert.

The Gers are taking on the Armenian champions at Ibrox in an 8pm kick-off, as they look to put their Champions League exit behind them and qualify for the EL group stages for a fourth consecutive season.

Steven Gerrard needs to get Rangers’ European campaign back on track. (Photo by ANDREAS HILLERGREN/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

Alashkert warmed up for the fixture with a shock defeat to a club only formed in 2019 but Steven Gerrard won’t be taking the opposition lightly.

He’s likely to name as strong a side as possible and plenty of fans think that Bassey has done enough to get the nod at left-back.

Barisic has been the undisputed first-choice in that position since 2019, with Bassey brought in from Leicester City last summer to provide backup following the departures of Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday.

However, the Croatian international has struggled for form during the opening weeks of the season and Bassey was outstanding when given an opportunity against Dunfermline in the Premier Sports Cup on Friday night.

SL Benfica v Rangers: Group D - UEFA Europa League
Some Rangers fans are calling for Barisic to be dropped and for Bassey to be selected against Alashkert. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old looked solid defensively on the few occasions he was called upon and was excellent in attack, powering up and down the left flank and notching a pair of assists with superb deliveries.

Now, many Bears want to see him rewarded with a start in a higher-profile fixture.

Here’s a selection of comments from fans on Twitter:

Meanwhile, in an apparent transfer blow for Rangers, an Ibrox-linked striker has officially joined a Premier League club.

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