As Aaron Hickey struggles for Scotland after being thrown onto the big stage, it highlights just how right Rangers are to hold out for megabucks when it comes to Calvin Bassey.
The Ibrox left-back-turned-centre-back is coming off the back of a superb season for Rangers and there are said to be a number of suitors monitoring the player’s situation.
Mostly from the Premier League, it makes sense given Bassey’s homegrown status in England but there is also said to be interest from the Bundesliga.
Talk of £25m valuations have dominated the early part of the window and as things stand no club has come forward to stump up for the 22-year-old.
But if Rangers needed any inspiration to stick to their guns when it comes to this record-breaking price tag they need only look at Aaron Hickey being overawed for Scotland.
The 19-year-old Bologna full-back is himself said to be the subject of high profile transfer interest with Arsenal said to be closing in on a £21.5m deal [TalkSPORT].
A talented player for sure, Aaron Hickey earned his first full start for Scotland in the 3-1 World Cup Playoff defeat against Ukraine.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke has come in for some criticism after the youngster bombed in the match but it isn’t all being viewed as Hickey’s fault.
Starting him out of position at right-back, Hickey struggled throughout and the match will serve as a serious learning curve on his journey to the top of the game.
Rangers right to demand Aaron Hickey money for Calvin Bassey
Contrast this with the immense showings of Rangers star Calvin Bassey, who is getting better by the game and who stole the show in the Europa League Final.
Also impressing in the Scottish Cup Final v Hearts, the season ended on a high for the Nigerian international who is beginning to look like a class act with every passing on-field minute.
Both Bassey and Hickey are young left-backs with the world at their feet and both are apparently attracting interest from the Premier League.
But if I were a watching club down south there is only of these two players I’d rather have in the squad.
Whilst Aaron Hickey admittedly plays in a better division than Calvin Bassey, the Nigerian has proven that at the highest level that he can handle the pressure.
With the young Scotland international, and despite playing against the biggest teams in Italy, there’s clearly a little way to go before Aaron Hickey can prove this true of himself.
It goes to show that if clubs are preparing to stump up for Aaron Hickey, then Rangers are quite right to demand they also do for Calvin Bassey.
Meanwhile, Rangers have been proven right in their stance regarding two players who could potentially make the club £41m in transfer fees.