By Sam Stone

7th Jun, 2022 | 8:10pm

Stephen Craigan would be 'very surprised' if Bundesliga clubs weren't eyeing moves for Rangers ace Calvin Bassey

Go Radio pundit Stephen Craigan would be “very surprised” if Bundesliga sides aren’t eyeing moves for in demand Rangers defender Calvin Bassey.

The 22-year-old has been subject to intense transfer speculation this summer with Aston Villa among a number of clubs monitoring his situation [Sky Sports, 26 May].

However, Go Radio pundit Stephen Craigan believes it will be a surprise if the defender isn’t being tracked by clubs in Germany.

Talking on Go Radio [quoted by the Daily Record, 7 June], Craigan said: “Looking at Calvin Bassey and his performances, particularly against Dortmund and Leipzig, I would be very surprised if there weren’t German clubs looking at him.

“The German market is strong and they don’t mind spending £18-£20million on a younger player.

“His performances against Dortmund and Leipzig will have opened the eyes of German clubs, who will think ‘can we pinch him? Can we bring him in?”

Bundesliga move would be beneficial

A move to the Bundesliga could suit the defender and would certainly benefit his development if he was to make a move to Germany.

Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland are all examples of players who have decided to gain experience in the Bundesliga before making the next move in their careers.

Their moves to Dortmund allowed all of them to gain immense experience from good amounts of game time and excellent coaching.

Despite being superb this season, a move to the Premier League may come a little too soon for Bassey and he should maybe contemplate where is best for him to develop and progress the most.

Staying in Scotland with Rangers wouldn’t be bad for the defender, but maybe looking for one more move before he goes to England’s top-tier wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Rangers will be desperate to keep the defender who has been superb for the Ibrox side in what has been a breakthrough season.

His performance in the Europa League final gained plenty of accolades and rightfully so.

His pace and defensive awareness coupled with a good attacking side to his game mean he could go on to be a top class defender for one of Europe’s biggest clubs.

In other Rangers news, the Gers could sell this multi-million player in order to land a major new signing at Ibrox.