Charlie Adam has singled out Rangers defender Calvin Bassey for his performance in the Scottish Cup victory against Cove on Sunday.
The left-back was eligible to feature after the Bears appealed the latest ban handed down by the SFA, with Nathan Patterson also starting and scoring.
Adam was in awe of the “extremely strong” Bassey, though, and lamented his luck with not much chance of starting ahead of Borna Barisic.
Speaking during BBC’s Sportsound coverage of the clash, Adam singled out the young defender for his performance.
“Every time I’ve watched Bassey, he’s impressed me,” he said.
“He’s quick and extremely strong, it just so happens he has a Croatian international ahead of him”
Bassey will have lost a lot of trust handed to him by Steven Gerrard when breaching COVID-19 rules, but he must look at Patterson as motivation.
The right-back would never have believed he was going to get the chance he has with James Tavernier’s injury, but he has stepped up since.
Who knows what could happen? Although, we don’t want to wish that sort of luck on Barisic moving forward given his excellent season.
All Bassey can do is make an impact on the pitch when he is given the chances at Ibrox, and although this was a walk in the park against Cove, he certainly did his best.
Patterson scoring takes away some of the headlines from his performance down the left, but he is certainly still catching the eye and has a bright future at Auchenhowie.