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Opinion: Signing of 20-year-old makes sense for Rangers, shrewd by Gerrard again

Glasgow Rangers have already added three new players since the end of the ill-fated 2019-20 campaign.

Ianis Hagi, 16-year-old Charlie Richmond from Glentoran and now 20-year-old Calvin Bassey from Leicester City have all moved to Ibrox in recent weeks.

Rising star Bassey has signed a pre-contract to join Rangers from Leicester, and will arrive as soon as the transfer window opens. 

It will only cost Rangers £250,000 for the left-back, who was born in Italy but brought up in England. He also qualifies for Nigeria due to his family ties.

Steven Gerrard is hoping that Bassey can progress to an international level by impressing in a Rangers jersey. He certainly has the potential to do it.

Bassey has stated that he is extremely excited and delighted to join a major club like Rangers, and about his new four-year deal with the Ibrox side.

An added bonus for Rangers is the versatility of Bassey, who can also play at centre half, if injuries ever build up on the Ibrox club.

Gerrard tries as often as possible to bring players to Glasgow who can play in various positions and in different team formations.

Bassey is another confident player who is ambitious and too impatient to wait for first-team opportunities, and refused to extend his Foxes contract.

An extremely strong athletic player, Bassey did impress Brendan Rodgers at Leicester, but the manager was covered by experienced first-team picks. 

If Christian Fuchs got injured or if Ben Chilwell had been sold, then Bassey might of had a chance. Their loss is Rangers’ gain.

Rangers will pay a signing-on fee to Bassey and the compensation fee to Leicester, but it should prove to be a clever, shrewd piece of business.

Manager Gerrard said. ”There was a lot of clubs interested in Calvin and for us it’s pleasing to secure the services of another young talent,” 

“He’s a strong and dynamic athlete who is very much the modern day full-back. 

“He’s left-footed, physically powerful and enjoys driving forward and is certainly equipped to thrive in the combative nature of Scottish football.”

And Bassey added: “When I entered talks with Rangers, I knew this club was right for me.

“Of course I am thankful for everything Leicester has done for me and I am now very excited about working under Steven Gerrard and his coaching team to continue my progression.”

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