Rangers new boy Calvin Bassey beamed with pride as he was paraded around Ibrox in the club’s new Castore home kit.
The 20-year-old left-back has joined the Gers from Leicester City, reportedly turning down a contract with the Premier League side as well as West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen to move to Ibrox [Express].
Signed as direct competition to Borna Barisic, Bassey is eager to get started up north and has set his sights on making the left-back slot his own.
☑️ Day One as a #RangersFC player.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 1, 2020
“I’m buzzing, I can’t wait to get started,” Bassey told RangersTV.
“Everyone knows about Steven Gerrard, legend, and Gary McAllister, legend, and I can’t wait to start training with them and learning off them and improving my game.
“You’ve got to take it step by step. I’m a young player and I want to prove a point that I’m good enough to play first team football and hopefully the fans can back me when I play and I’m always going to give 100 per cent.
“I back myself but at the same time he (Barisic) is a great professional and a great player so I’m just looking forward to having that sort of friendly rivalry but at the same time, adding some bits to my game from his game.
“It’s a massive club, great support, fan base and support system. I felt I needed a platform and what bigger platform could I ask for than Rangers?
“We’ve got European football as well so hopefully I can just showcase my ability throughout.”
Bassey is an ambitious signing by Rangers who were too often left short at left-back last season.
Croatian international Barisic is undoubtedly the first-choice pick at Ibrox but Bassey’s determination to prove he can cut in the men’s game will do him no harm in breaking into the squad.
The big defender is already winning fans on Twitter as he signed into his Rangers tenure with the message “what an amazing club”:
What an amazing club 😍🇬🇧❤️ https://t.co/6adYC2ydJV
— calvin bassey (@CalvinBassey) July 1, 2020
Enjoy your football big chap – have fun and be a winner. 25000 football shirts bought in 6 hours – you are part of something BIG
— Mr Butcher (@laffingallday2) July 1, 2020
Welcome to the Famous @CalvinBassey 🔴⚪️🔵🇬🇧
— Tracey Ann MacDonald (@TMacRFC) July 1, 2020
Welcome to the club young man, Do your best on the park we have your back off it. WATP
— 2019-2020 * (@goin_4_55) July 1, 2020
Defend that shirt with your life and the fans will love you 💙 good luck mate and welcome to Rangers 🇬🇧
— TommyC 🇬🇧💙🏴 (@Tommy_C88) July 1, 2020
All the best pal. We are all behind you
— stewart mursell (@MursellStewart) July 1, 2020
A love you already🇬🇧
— EllisBarton🧸x (@EllisBarton4) July 2, 2020
Welcome big man. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
— Gers55 (@TheGers55) July 1, 2020
Welcome and enjoy. As we say "step up and play" 👍🏻👍🏻
— TheRoyalBlueLine (@TheRoyalBlueLi1) July 1, 2020
Good luck Calvin welcome welcome 🏴
— JĄŠ – (@j71972) July 1, 2020
Welcome mate 👍🔴⚪🔵
— Eddie Devine🏴🇬🇧🏴 (@eddiedevine_) July 1, 2020
Excellent big chap welcome aboard 🇬🇧👍🏻
— Shmandog 🇬🇧🏴 (@Pandy297) July 1, 2020
Welcome calvin 👍 wishing you all the best my friend 👍 Welcome to the family 👌🔴⚪🔵
— BurghBear (@burgh_bear) July 1, 2020