By Jack Cunningham

13th Oct, 2021 | 6:46pm

Steve Beaglehole discusses Rangers ace Calvin Bassey

Leicester City Under-23 manager Steven Beaglehole admits he was sad to see Calvin Bassey join Rangers and thinks he could have been in the Foxes’ first team had he stayed.

Speaking to The Athletic about the 21-year-old left-back, Beaglehole heaped praise on Bassey but was also sad to see him move to Ibrox in 2020.

The Nigerian departed the King Power Stadium for a small compensation fee, and he has made 23 appearances for the Gers since, and it seems as if Beaglehole rates him highly.

He said: “I remember him playing really, really well against Bayern Munich (in a 2018-19 Premier League International Cup quarter-final).

“He was man of the match but, whatever happened, he ended up fighting and was suspended for three games, so that may or may not have cost him his (first-team) debut because his performances were being noticed.

“He came late. Early on in the season, he wasn’t pulling up any trees, but then he kicked on, and he was phenomenal, and that’s when other clubs became interested.

“I was gutted when he left, as he’d probably have been playing in the Europe League for us by now.”

Big praise for Bassey.

It seems as if the 21-year-old could well be playing for the Foxes had he not decided to move to Ibrox.

This is good to hear, and it indicates that the Gers have a serious talent on their hands.

Of course, Borna Barisic is deservedly Steven Gerrard’s first-choice left-back, but it seems as if Bassey has a huge future ahead of him, and we look forward to seeing what he can do over the course of the season and beyond.

To suggest that Bassey could be playing in the Europa League with the Foxes is big praise indeed, and it is clear that the Gers have a talented player on their hands.

So far this season, Bassey has made eight appearances for the Bears, so he seems to be getting a bit more regular game time, and the future looks very bright for the former Leicester man.

In other Rangers news, Newcastle United have set their sights on one Gers star.