European-level Premier League must be ruing letting monumental Rangers star leave club
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Ibrox star’s Rangers progress summed up by monumental Celtic showing

As Rangers ran out 2-1 winners over Celtic to reach the Scottish Cup Final, Calvin Bassey took centre stage.

In a game of several monumental performances, the showing of the 22-year-old left-back-turned-centre-back stood out amongst Ibrox giants.

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Rangers had to overcome an immense 120 minute showing over Braga to reach the Europa League semi-finals and done so again to overcome Celtic at Hampden.

Calvin Bassey played all 240 minutes in the space of three days and over the course of these two matches showed an expert maturity way beyond his years.

Signed last summer from Leicester City, the Europa Conference League participants must be in some way ruing letting the defender go.

Monumental Celtic showing sums up Calvin Bassey Rangers progress

Asked to play at centre-back this season in the absence of Leon Balogun and Filip Helander through injury, Calvin Bassey has repeatedly rose to the occasion for Rangers.

John Lundstram – another who emptied the tank for Rangers against Celtic at Hampden – may have been named Man of the Match but it could’ve easy gone to the Nigerian international.

Asked to nullify the threat of Aussie playmaker Tom Rogic, Calvin Bassey was skin-tight to the Celtic star throughout the game and stopped him playing his influential game.

This is the same game that transformed the 2-1 Ibrox defeat only a matter of weeks ago, with van Bronckhorst and co deserving credit by being proactive in this regard.

When Matt O’Riley replace him, Calvin Bassey did the same.

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Shifted to left-back when Borna Barisic went off, the full-back showed huge energy to charge forward in the second half of extra time to make the telling contribution in the match.

Overlapping Ryan Kent, the full-back played a quality ball into the box with Fashion Sakala’s darting run ensuring the eventual winner turned into the net via Carl Starfelt.

It not only summed up the monumental performance of Calvin Bassey against Celtic, but also of his immense progress at Rangers this season.

Here’s our match report from the game.

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