By Joe Ellis

21st May, 2022 | 7:41pm

Rangers ace Calvin Bassey stuns BBC pundit Pat Nevin against Hearts

Rangers got their hands on their only piece of silverware for the season by beating Hearts 2-0 in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

After 90 minutes of very little action, the game headed to extra time where the Light Blues’ quality finally shone through with two sensational goals.

Ryan Jack made the game explode into life on 94 minutes as he brought down a cleared corner on the edge of the area and thundered a vicious strike past Craig Gordon before Scott Wright doubled the lead with a precise counterattack and finish low into the bottom corner moments later.

But the BBC’s Pat Nevin was more impressed by Calvin Bassey who followed up his incredible performance in Seville with another top drawer display at Hampden Park.

“Bassey is clearly a player who is playing with bags of confidence right now,” Nevin said. “He’s got the pace and power to drive down the line all day. Three drag backs in a row from a full-back? That shouldn’t be allowed – that was phenomenal!”


We’ve known for some time just how good Bassey can be but this last week of superb displays on the biggest stages has just reaffirmed our beliefs.

The Nigerian not only possesses the ace to keep up with any player in world football be he is also one of the strongest in the business too which makes him almost impossible to beat as an opposition attacker.

He’s very similar to Virgil van Dijk in that regard but where Bassey prevails over the Dutchman is that he can also play at left-back, as he did at Hampden, and be just as effective.

He got into a crossing position so many times it became hard to count and the only thing lacking in his game as a full-back is the final product in the attacking third which will come over time if he is played there more often.

If he could, Giovanni van Bronckhorst would love to play with 11 Calvin Bassey’s and see the opponents on the day, whoever it may be, simply surrender at the magnificence in front of them.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton instantly reacted to the Gers’ win and couldn’t resist bringing up Celtic yet again.