By Azeem Siddiqui

1st Aug, 2022 | 12:15pm

Christian Burgess hopeful Aribo, Bassey absence will dent Rangers hopes in UCL qualifier

Union SG defender Christian Burgess believes that Rangers will miss Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey in the upcoming UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

The Gers will face the Belgian club in the first leg on Tuesday whereas the return leg will be played on August 9.

Burgess, while talking to the Daily Record, suggested that despite the absence of former star players, Rangers will have enough depth to create problems.

“Ideally, losing these guys might disrupt Rangers’ rhythm,” he said. “I played against Aribo when he was at Charlton, just before he moved to Rangers, and he was a really good player even then.

“Obviously Bassey has gone too so there has been a bit of disruption where last season’s side is concerned.

“It’s similar to our own situation. When a team does so well it attracts a lot of attention and you end up having your best players cherry-picked.

“But that’s football. Rangers might have lost some key guys but they should have enough depth in their squad to cope with that. But, from our point of view, hopefully that [departure of Aribo and Bassey] gets in the way of their flow and slows them up a little bit.

Big miss

Rangers’ success last season was noticeable in every corner and it is because of this reason, that some of their key players received a lot of attraction from a number of big clubs in Europe.

Some of the Gers’ success last year was down to players like Aribo and Cassey, both of whom have already left the club and joined Southampton and Ajax.

Their absence will be felt at the Ibrox Stadium but as far as Rangers are concerned, they’ve made some crucial signings as well to overcome the setback of losing star players.

But on the positive side of things, there are reports suggesting that two other star players in striker Alfredo Morelos and winger Alfredo Morelos are open to extending their stay at the club.

That news must give the fans as well as the players a much-needed lift going into an important encounter and the fans will be hoping that their side will cement their place in the group stage of the Champions League.

In other Rangers news, one summer signing must wait for his debut after a training ground injury