By Alan Hutton

6th Aug, 2021 | 9:30am

Hutton claims 'powerful young boy' in line to usurp Barisic in Rangers starting role

Alan Hutton has claimed Borna Barisic’s starting role at Rangers is coming under serious threat from Calvin Bassey.

The former Gers full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 21-year-old left-back has come on leaps and bounds under Steven Gerrard.

Bassey started the Light Blues’ 3-0 win over Livingston on the opening day of the Premiership season.

However, Gerrard opted for Barisic in the Gers’ 2-1 defeat away to Malmo in the Champions League qualifiers.

Bassey played backup to the Croatia international for nearly all of the 2020/21 campaign.

However, Hutton insisted the youngster is now competing for a starting role.

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Hutton told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “He’s such a powerful young boy. He’s obviously got a lot to learn but you can see he’s making big strides under Steven Gerrard.

“I think he can learn from Borna Barisic. I think defensively, Calvin Bassey is very good, he’s very strong. He gets into the right areas and sometimes the cross maybe let him down.

“He did pick out a few but that is maybe the side of the game that he needs to brush up on. He’s very young, he’s still learning and that will come.

“He’s got good full-backs round about them to help him with that process so yeah, he’s another top performer.

“Again, a headache for Steven Gerrard. Who does he pick? Does he go back to Borna Barisic or does he stick by Bassey? It’s great to have those options.”

Bassey made just six starts in 15 appearances for Rangers after joining on a free from Leicester City last summer.

Meanwhile, Barisic played 50 times across all competitions last term.

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