By Azeem Siddiqui

2nd Jul, 2022 | 2:10pm

Barry Ferguson urges Rangers to ‘chain up’ Calvin Bassey to keep him at Ibrox

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has urged the club to ‘chain up’ Calvin Bassey in a bid to keep the player at the club.

The Nigeria international has been linked with a move away from the Ibrox Stadium after his breakthrough campaign under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Ferguson, while talking to the Go Radio Football Show as quoted by Football Scotland, expressed optimism that Rangers will be able to keep the star player for another season.

“I’d chain him up,” he said. “Anything just to make sure he doesn’t leave. Last year I was in awe of him.

“I’ve got to be honest with you. Some of the performances he puts in and he’s still got a bit to learn, he’s still got a bit to go. But he’s got everything you want as a modern-day defender. He can play a number of positions.

“He can play left-back, left wing-back and he can play left of a three or left of a two at the back. His engine is frightening and he’s just getting better and better and better.

“If I was going to give him a bit of advice, he should stay and keep playing week-in and week-out because his chance will come if he wants to go down south to the Premier League, there’s no doubt about it.”

Complete Defender

As Ferguson said, Bassey has got everything in his arsenal to become a complete defender. The breakthrough season in 2021-22 could just be the start of his incredible football journey for both club and country.

Despite the fact that Nigeria have not qualified for the World Cup, it won’t disrupt the momentum Bassey has created for himself. He will be an important player for the Rangers if he stays and will definitely play in every competition.

He was the standout player in the Europa League final for the Gers despite them losing to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties.

If you are linked with a number of Premier League and European clubs at the age of just 22, you must’ve something special and that is exactly the case with Bassey.

Therefore, it is imperative for the Rangers to ensure that either they keep hold of the player or they get a sizeable offer to let him leave.

In other Rangers news, scouts at Ibrox are said to have watched this ‘immense’ powerhouse numerous times ahead of a potential major transfer