Pundit Noel Whelan has backed Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard judgement in signing young left-back Calvin Bassey.

The Gers boss is under increasing pressure to deliver the goods at the Ibrox club after failing to win any major trophies in two seasons.

It is because of this reason, Gerrard made a swift move early on in the transfer market and acquired the services of the 20-year-old on a free transfer as his contract with the English Premier League giants Leicester City came to an end.

Whelan, who has represented three Scottish clubs during his playing days, while talking to Football Insider, backed the young left-back Bassey, who according to him will be good enough to play in the Rangers first team which is why Gerrard made a move for him so early in the transfer market.

“Rangers are doing their business early,” he said.

“Hagi and now Bassey coming into Ibrox. It seems like Steven wants to get his work and transfers done as quickly as possible. He wants a squad that can challenge Celtic next season.

“Full-backs have to have everything these days. Steven would not have signed him unless he thought he could be a permanent fixture there and improve their chances for next season. On a free transfer you cannot really go wrong.”

Bassey had a decent time during the previous campaign where he represented Leicester’s U23 team in 22 matches in all competitions and provided a solitary assist.

Rangers have shown real improvement under Gerrard but the Gers have been inconssitent at times and perhaps lack squad depth.

The Ibrox giants will be keen to become Scottish champions in 2020-21 to prevent rivals Celtic claiming their tenth consecutive top-flight title.

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