By Azeem Siddiqui

15th Jul, 2022 | 10:00pm

Kris Boyd believes Rangers replacing Calvin Bassey will be ‘bit difficult’

Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd believes that Calvin Bassey would be a “big miss” for the club if he leaves the Ibrox Stadium this summer.

The fullback has been linked with a move away from the club and has been attracting interest from Dutch club Ajax.

Boyd, while talking to Sky Sports News as quoted by Football Scotland, suggested that it will take more than one player to replace someone like Bassey.

“We know when teams are looking at players nowadays, they want them to be able to cover numerous positions, and Calvin Bassey certainly falls into that category,” the former Rangers man told Sky Sports.

“His performances towards the end of the season for Rangers were outstanding, and you feel as if the team got a lot of belief from that as well. They didn’t have to protect the backline as much. His pace in dealing with recoveries and one-on-ones was excellent.

“If he has to go, and it looks as if it’s going to happen, he’ll be a big miss for Rangers. But there’s players who have left in the past who have been replaced. This one could be a little bit difficult.

“It’s not as if they’re just going to get a replacement. Rangers are probably going to have to bring in a couple of players off the back of losing such a talent in Bassey.

“I can’t see them spending £10 million to £15 million of the money they receive for Bassey on a left back or centre back as such. I think they’ll strengthen the squad.”

Squad Depth

It is a massive transfer window for Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst. He knows that he cannot go into a season in which there is a lack of cover in any of the football positions.

Bassey seems to be the player that connects all the dots when it comes to the club’s recruitment policy. He is young, full of enthusiasm and can fill in on multiple positions.

In the 2021-22 Europa League final, he was one of the standout players on the pitch despite the Rangers eventually losing.

Even though he prefers to play as a left-back, he can also occupy the third centre-back position depending upon the setup or the instructions given to him by the manager.

As Rangers prepare for their Champions League third-round qualification, they must make relevant adjustments to get their squad in the best possible shape to compete across all fronts and losing a player of Bassey’s quality will only going to make it tough for the side.

In other Rangers news, the Light Blues have tabled an offer for a new central midfielder after a Celtic mix-up was clarified.