By Alan Hutton

14th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Hutton tips Bassey to start in new role after early Rangers team news

Alan Hutton has backed Rangers youngster Calvin Bassey to fill in at centre-back for the Europa League clash against Lyon.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the role was one Bassey, 21, “can easily adapt to”.

Manager Steven Gerrard, as quoted by the Glasgow Times after the defeat of St Johnstone on Saturday (September 11th), said Connor Goldson and Filip Helander were fitness doubts for the visit of Lyon.

And with Jack Simpson not included in Rangers’ Europa League squad list, Gerrard has quite the predicament to contend with.

A potential option at the heart of the defence could be impressive youngster Calvin Bassey, who has played in the role for Rangers before – in a 4-0 League Cup win against Falkirk last season.

Hutton believes Bassey is capable of dealing with the occasion, and lavished praise on the Englishman’s form.

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“I think he definitely has all the attributes required of a centre-half,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I think he’s improved and matured as a player since he’s been at Rangers, and it’s a position that he knows well and that he can easily adapt to.

“With the injuries, Rangers will have to improvise with Simpson not available.

“He’s done well recently and managed to force himself into the team after Barisic’s slow start to the season.

“He was excellent in the game against St Johnstone at the weekend.”

Bassey joined the Glasgow side in the summer of 2020 from Leicester on a free transfer.

The Italy-born left-back has made 20 appearances for the Gers since making the switch.

In other news, pundit claims Moussa Dembele will cause plenty of problems for Rangers on Thursday night