By Saikat Mandal

17th Jul, 2022 | 5:40pm

Kenny Miller has transfer suggestion for Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Kenny Miller has suggested that Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs to sign a centre-back if Calvin Bassey leaves the club.

Bassey is all set to join Ajax, with Fabrizio Romano reporting on Twitter on 17 July that the centre-back has landed in Amsterdam to complete his medical and sign his contract.

Miller says that it was “inevitable” that Bassey will leave Ibrox after his impressive performance last season.

“If an offer came in, even for £20m, they could have asked for £25m. And it looks like they’ve eventually met in the middle. Rangers could be bold and hold strong – because if the move doesn’t happen I genuinely don’t think it would affect the boy,” Miller wrote in his column for The Daily Record (17 July).

“Bassey looks as if he loves being at Rangers. If the move collapses I think he’d be more than happy to stay at Ibrox. But a move was almost inevitable after his displays last season, especially in the Europa League Final. With Lisandro Martinez on his way to Manchester United from Ajax for £46m, the Dutch side have money to spend on a replacement.

“But if Bassey does go, Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have to splash the cash himself on buying in a new centre-back. In fact, with question marks over the fitness of Filip Helander and John Souttar, he needed to do that anyway. Since Leon Balogun was allowed to leave, I’ve always said they need another central defender in the building.”

New defender?

Van Bronckhorst himself has admitted that he would look to bring in one or two defenders to replace Bassey.

Bassey was simply outstanding last season, and it won’t be easy to fill his void.

The 22-year-old was superb both at centre-back and at left-back positions last season, and Rangers could be tempted to bring in two different players for that role.

According to a report from The Scottish Sun (16 July), the Bears could make a bid for Liverpool defender Ben Davies who will be allowed to leave the club this summer.

There is another suggestion whether it would be wise to sign a centre-back as it could hamper the progress of Leon King.

The youngster impressed heavily last season with whatever little chances he got, and by adding another defender the club could restrict his development.

Leon is a fantastic talent and he is likely to represent the club for years to come. But the question is can the Dutchman rely on him throughout the campaign as they chase for the SPFL title and get into the Champions League? Probably not.

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.