Former Rangers midfielder Derek Ferguson slammed Calvin Bassey for his performance against St Mirren in the Gers’ 3-2 Betfred League Cup quarter-final loss.
Bassey gave away the penalty that led to Jamie McGrath’s first goal, before being beaten on the left-wing in the build-up to his second goal.
Soon after McGrath had made the score 2-1, the former Leicester City man was withdrawn by his manager Steven Gerrard, with Borna Barisic replacing him.
Speaking on BBC Sportsound after the game, Ferguson said that the 20-year-old was not “quite at it” against St Mirren.
“It was slack play from Bassey in the left-back area and he just gets caught on the wrong side by Connolly on the blind side,” he said (via BBC Sportsound).
“Prior to that he’d been slack with a couple of balls and he’s not been quite at it. When you look at Barisic he’s top quality so I think he has a bit to go, the young man, to get up to those levels.”
The first real test
Bassey has been a popular and impressive member of the Rangers squad so far this season, making 13 appearances for the Gers in all competitions so far this season (via Transfermarkt).
Averaging 2.8 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per 90 minutes in the Scottish Premiership so far this season (via WhoScored), the youngster has adapted quickly to life in Scotland, playing both left-back and centre-back.
Wednesday night was certainly a setback for him and perhaps a reminder to Gerrard about his level on inexperience, but it means very little in the grand scheme of his development. These moments can prove a valuable learning experience for a young player and it really comes down to how well he can recover from adversity.
Bassey has shown he has the technical and physical attributes to become a top-quality defender so far this season. Now he must show he has the mental strength too.
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