By Daniel Feliciano

19th Apr, 2022 | 9:30am

Kevin Thomson labels Calvin Bassey as an 'absolute machine' after Rangers win v Celtic

Calvin Bassey has been labelled an ‘absolute machine’ for his performance in Rangers win over Celtic by ex-midfielder Kevin Thomson.

Bassey started at centre-back alongside Connor Goldson before moving to left-back later in the game as he registered the assist for the winning goal in the 115th minute.

That came after a big overlap, having played 120 minutes on Thursday against Braga too, and Thomson took to Twitter after the game to praise the Nigeria international.

“Unbelievable effort, brilliant game, great game to do co-comms on Premier Sports always good to be on,” he said.

“What a performance, after 120 mins Thursday night, to then another today, brilliant!! Bassey absolute machine.”

Wow

What a performance it was from Bassey, who has shown why he has become such a key player under Van Bronckhorst this season with recent performances.

His constant energy is contagious, helping the fans to continue to egg on the team but also helping him teammates stay alert and keeping standards high.

Defensively he was solid and was unlucky that Celtic’s goal deflected in off his boot, but he responded well to make big challenges, mark his opponents well and then be involved late on.

It shows just how fit he is and how much quality he has that he can deliver at such an important time in such a crucial game, despite all the circumstances surrounding the tie.

Bassey deserves his flowers and it was nice of Thomson to be able to pick him out individually to praise him, because he’s somewhat of an unsung hero.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton furious with Bobby Madden after ‘baffling’ decisions in Rangers win v Celtic