By Doug Ward

20th Jul, 2022 | 4:38pm

Ross Wilson has received a “big shout out” from Sky Sports’ Mark McAdam for Rangers’ club-record sale of defender Calvin Bassey to Ajax.

It was confirmed on Wednesday (20 July) that the 22-year-old has joined the Dutch giants in a deal that is worth up to £22.6million.

Bassey joined the Light Blues from Leicester in 2020 for a small cross-border compensation fee but Wilson has managed to get a massive profit on the Nigeria defender, something that has impressed McAdam.

“They’ll definitely be looking for a replacement but a big shout out to Ross Wilson at Rangers because this is what you call recruitment at its very best,” said McAdam, as quoted by Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre on Wednesday (20 July, 04:12pm).

“You buy a player for £230,000 from Leicester and then sell him for a club-record transfer fee – £23m – that’s what you call great work. There are so many scouts up and down the UK who watch endless hours of games and videos and then put the recommendations to their manager.

“Turns out Bassey has been superb for Rangers, he was a big part of the team that got to the Europa League final. For sure, they will now be looking for defensive reinforcements when you think how much Celtic are doing in the market.”

More new signings needed

Rangers have brought in Ben Davies from Liverpool and we hope that he can at least come close to performing as well as Bassey did in the left-sided centre-back role last season.

Honestly, we don’t think he’s as good as Bassey was so we have got weaker in the defence due to his exit.

While Davies can fill in at left-back, it would be better to have an out-and-out left-back option added to the squad.

Rangers fans watched on at Ibrox on Tuesday (19 July) as Borna Barisic played a blinder but it would be fair to say that the Croatia international had more bad games than good ones last season and we cannot rely on him to perform consistently throughout the upcoming season.

He needs competition and Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs a second option in case of any injury.

Away from that, there are still areas of the squad that could do with reinforcement, mainly the right-wing as it stands as Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo can play mainly on the left.

Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos’ futures need sorting too and they might need to be replaced if either of them are sold.

In other Rangers news, an official partner of the Gers has dubbed their business “outrageous” with a £50million transfer verdict dropped.