Noel Whelan has tipped Calvin Bassey to immediately challenge for a starting place at Rangers and suggested the deal was a no brainer for the club.
The former Leeds United and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted Steven Gerrard would only have signed the 20-year-old defender if he was sure that he could be a “permanent fixture” next season.
The Gers confirmed the signing of the Leicester City full-back, who can also play as a centre-half, on a four-year deal on Saturday.
Football Insider exclusively revealed that the player had rejected the offer of a new contract at the King Power Stadium as well as also first broke the news he was set for a move north of the border.
Bassey is the second arrival at Ibrox this summer and comes quickly after the capture of Ianis Hagi for an initial £3million.
“Rangers are doing their business early,” he told Football Insider.
“Hagi and now Bassey coming into Ibrox. It seems like Steven wants to get his work and transfers done as quickly as possible.
“He wants a squad that can challenge Celtic next season.
“Full-backs have to have everything these days. Steven would not have signed him unless he thought he could be a permanent fixture there and improve their chances for next season.
“On a free transfer you cannot really go wrong.”
Gerrard told the club’s website: “There was a lot of clubs interested in Calvin and for us it’s pleasing to secure the services of another young talent.
“He’s a strong and dynamic athlete who is very much the modern day full back. He will develop further and we are excited to have made another strong addition to our group.”
In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that 29yo has opened the door on a move to Ibrox this summer.