By Peter Lynch

27th May, 2023 | 7:10am

Calvin Bassey-esque Archie Brown to light up Ibrox next season with Rangers and Celtic transfer battle on the cards

Rangers are in desperate need of reinforcements on the pitch, with the Gers letting standards slip as their Glasgow rivals Celtic take in all the glory.

Fortunately for all associated with the club, just one match remains this season, with manager Michael Beale then allowed to fully focus on getting things right for the new campaign.

But the boss has already been busy in terms of transfers, with Kieran Dowell agreeing a pre-contract at Ibrox as other players close in on securing a switch to the Gers.

And another talent that Beale is reportedly eyeing is Lausanne defender Archie Brown, with the Scottish Daily Mail (back page and page 79, 26 May) reporting that the Gers are in pursuit of the defender, who is “similar in physical profile” to former Rangers full-back Calvin Bassey.

He could cost in excess of £2million, but that is perhaps not the main barrier to any deal, with Scottish rivals Celtic also keeping tabs on Brown.

Current left-back Borna Barisic meanwhile is entering the final 12 months of his Rangers contract, with the pursuit of Brown potentially having an impact on his Ibrox future.

A product of the Derby County academy, Brown is capable of shining at both ends of the pitch, proving that this season with five goals and four assists from his 33 league matches for the Swiss side.

Such impressive attacking statistics will really excite Gers fans, while the youngster’s versatility at the back, where he can operate at left-back and at centre-back, is another great attribute.

Brown, who turns 21 this weekend, can only get better, particularly under the right circumstances, which include the right manager and the right teammates.

But Beale could find himself in yet another head-to-head battle with opposite number Ange Postecoglou, with Celtic also reportedly showing an interest in the defender as they look to bolster their squad for next season.

In other Rangers news, one BBC journalist has raved about the Gers Man of the Match in the 2-2 draw with Hearts on Wednesday (24 May).