By Saikat Mandal

17th Jul, 2022 | 3:40pm

Giovanni van Bronkhorst hints at Rangers transfer plans as Calvin Bassey exit nears

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has hinted that Rangers will look to sign a replacement if Calvin Bassey leaves the club.

The highly-rated Gers defender is close to joining Dutch giants Ajax this summer [The Scottish Daily Mail page 143], and Rangers are expected to recoup a huge profit from his sale.

The Dutchman has suggested that the Bears could look to sign one or two players, but he remained tight-lipped on the budget he will be allowed to reinvest.

“We’ve done really well so far in getting new players in the positions where positions left so I’m really happy with that. We might lose Calvin so we have to move on and be ready for possible players coming in,” said Van Bronckhorst, as quoted by The Sunday Mail [17 July, page 63].

“If Calvin is going, he was a left-back and a left central defender, so we will look at the qualities of the player and the dynamic to see if we move for one player or two.

“I have really enjoyed working with Calvin the last six months.

“His development was really incredible – how he developed into a central defender – and sometimes as a left-back.

“I’m very proud to be part of that so he will move on to the next level and develop even more. Of course the club will make money financially too.

“For Calvin it’s a nice move and for the club as well business wise it’s what you want to do.”

Exciting

Losing Bassey would be a massive blow for the club, but Rangers seem to have backup plans in place.

The model is clearly working for the Bears. They have signed players on the cheap, and after developing them properly, they’re selling them for a huge profit.

The Bears sold Nathan Patterson (back in January), Joe Aribo (this summer) already on high profit, and they are about to sell Bassey as well.

Bassey was a key player for the club last season, and it’s important for Rangers to replace him properly.

The Nigerian was adept at playing both centre-back and left-back roles.

Van Bronckhorst has hinted that Rangers could actually look to fill those gaps, with one or more signings.

The Gers have been linked with a move for Liverpool defender Ben Davies on a cut-price deal, as reported by The Scottish Sun on 16 July.

If Rangers can use the money wisely and bring in two quality defenders, it would represent an exciting piece of business for the club.

In other Rangers news, Celtic and the Gers are at loggerheads over a record-breaking SPFL midfielder and a bid for him has already been tabled.