By Saikat Mandal

27th Apr, 2022 | 4:40pm

Gordon Dalziel raves about Rangers defender Calvin Bassey

Gordon Dalziel has showered heaps of praise on Rangers defender Calvin Bassey for his impressive performance this season.

The 22-year-old has emerged as a key player under Giovanni van Bronckhorst. He was recently named the club’s Young Player Of The Year and has maintained a high level of consistency.

Dalziel, the former Gers hero, is impressed with his progress and has made a strong prediction that the youngster will get even better.

“What [Bassey] has achieved this season is that he is a number one pick now, whether it is at left centre-back or left-back and I think that what his goal was,” Dalziel said on Clyde1’s Superscoreboard.

“I think he has got a lot left in his locker. I think he will get better the more games you see him.

“He is certainly a player with great ability but I just feel that in the team [PFA Scotland Team Of The Year], looking at it, him or Josip Juranovic, I just think Juranovic is a class act.”

Selection dilemma

Bassey has been really impressive for the club this season, and he is one of the first names on the team sheet for Rangers. 

The youngster has even played at centre-back at times and he did a decent job, showcasing his versatility. 

Ahead of Rangers’ crucial Europa League semi-final clash against RB Leipzig, it remains to be seen whether Giovanni van Bronckhorst picks Bassey at left-back. 

In recent weeks, Borna Barisic has really impressed at left-back and gave the impression that he has returned to his best form. 

However, with Kemar Roofe out injured, it will be interesting to see if Barisic gets a chance here. 

Rangers will need to shift their strategy without a target man, which means Barisic may not be that effective, especially away from home. Bassey would be more suited in such a scenario. 

Having said that, Barisic has got loads of experience and Van Bronckhorst can rely on that ahead of Thursday’s clash. 

In other Rangers news, the club are “not convinced” by a key first-team player and an early termination of his contract is extremely likely.