By Joe Ellis

22nd Jul, 2022 | 9:00pm

Ben Davies given 'perfect for Rangers' praise after £3m Ibrox move

With the sale of Calvin Bassey to Ajax, Rangers needed to find a new defender to take his place and they wasted no time in doing so.

Ross Wilson turned his attention to Merseyside where he paid £3million to bring in Liverpool outcast Ben Davies after rarely featuring at Anfield following his transfer from Preston North End.

Despite, understandably, being unable to force Virgil van Dijk out of Jurgen Klopp’s side, the Light Blues see a lot of potential in Davies and his former assistant manager at Deepdale Frank McEvoy does too.

“If we’re talking about the modern defender who can play, then he is perfect for Rangers,” McAvoy said to The Athletic. “You get defenders who can ping it, but Ben can see gaps and break lines by whipping it into the forwards.

“He can bring the ball out comfortably too. When teams are sitting in, like they do against the Old Firm, that can be a big asset as he can drive forward and open teams up.”

Options

Considering that Giovanni van Bronckhorst has lost one of his best defenders in Bassey, he still has a lot of options to play at the heart of the defence when the season starts on 30 July.

Connor Goldson should be the undisputed number one pick having signed a fresh four-year deal with the club during the off-season but his partner could be one of a handful of names.

Davies may be among the favourites for the spot alongside fellow new recruit John Souttar and both could conceivably play if a new formation including three centre-halves is deployed.

As well as those options though, Niko Katic is back at the club and Filip Helander will be knocking on the door once he returns from injury as will teenager Leon King after being awarded a number of chances last season.

As headaches go, this won’t be one that van Bronckhorst or Rangers will be complaining about and it could be the roots of a very successful season at Ibrox.

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