Rangers FC signed left-back Calvin Bassey from Leicester City in the summer of 2020 but the 21-year-old is yet to carve out a niche in the Gers’ first team.
During the 2020-21 season, the full-back played in only seven Premiership matches as it was Borna Barisic who was the obvious first choice on the left-hand side for manager Steven Gerrard.
Borna Barisic has been given an extended break due to his involvement in the European Championship which is why Calvin Bassey has been playing for the Gers in their pre-season friendlies.
So far, the 21-year-old has really impressed with his performances but according to former Rangers manager Alex McLeish, it will be really hard for Bassey to break into the first XI next season as well.
“That’s what he has to do[try and impress Gerrard],” McLeish told Ibrox News.
“That’s the motivation for any younger player or anyone playing second fiddle to the first choice.
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“Bassey has shown he has got very good skills, a good technique.
“Can he be a top, top defender? Barisic has been absolutely outstanding, he’s now an international player who has gone to the Euros and gained all that experience in his locker.
“Let’s be honest, Bassey will still be the cover unless Barisic leaves or something, which doesn’t look like it will happen any time soon.”
Calvin Bassey joined Rangers from Leicester City’s U23 side and since his current deal with the club expires in 2024, the player does not need to hit the panic button any time soon.
Borna Barisic is not going anywhere this summer so as McLeish said, Bassey will have to wait on the benches and use the limited opportunities that will come his way.