By Sam Stone

20th Jul, 2022 | 9:44pm

Rangers: Calvin Bassey sends message to Ibrox faithful after Ajax switch

Calvin Bassey has sent a message to Rangers fans after securing his switch to Ajax after spending two years with the Scottish Giants.

Sky Sports reported that the 22-year-old has signed for the Dutch Giants for a fee believed to be just under £23million.

The defender enjoyed a stellar 2021/22 season which culminated in a remarkable performance in the Europa League final in Seville.

The Nigerian international sent a final message to Rangers fans via Twitter on Wednesday evening (20 July).

“Firstly I just want to thank God for giving me this opportunity to play for a club that is as historic and amazing as Rangers,” said Bassey.

“I want to thank the manager and the coaching staff.

“For the trust they put in me and helping me to develop both as a person and as a player.

“I want to thank my teammates for all their help, I came here to play football but I’m leaving with brothers for life.”

Bassey added: “I want to thank all the fans.

“You were truly incredible.

“I have never experienced anything like Ibrox.

“You will always have a place in my heart – once a Ger, always a Ger.

“Finally, I wish the team all the best and plenty of success for the future.”

Good move all round

No Rangers fan can begrudge Bassey a move to the Dutch side in what will be a superb decision for his development and future aspirations and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him make a huge move in the future.

Rangers have moved quickly with the signing of Ben Davies from Liverpool certainly easing the blow of losing Bassey.

Furthermore, the reported £23million fee could go some way in taking Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s squad to the next level in the 2022/23 season.

The club hierarchy simply has to give the Rangers boss some additional funds to make the Gers competitive on a domestic level after losing out to Celtic in the SPL in the 2021/22 season.

Bassey will certainly be a huge loss for the Gers but he is not the be-all and end-all for Rangers going forward.

Looking at the deal with a level head, Rangers have made a huge profit on a player who has had one breakthrough season.

The club deserve huge credit for pinpointing Bassey and developing him during his time at Ibrox.

Time for Rangers to find the next player to develop at Ibrox.

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.