'Perfect...Outstanding' - Exclusive: Barely-seen Rangers starlet has blown Hutton away
Rangers defender Borna Barisic is under big pressure from the “outstanding” Calvin Bassey to keep his place in the side, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has been left raving over the 20-year-old after just four appearances and believes he is serious competition for the Croatia international at left-back.
Bassey made his first start for the Light Blues in the 5-1 win over Motherwell on Sunday, with Barisic left as an unused substitute.
The 27-year-old has already played 10 times for the Gers this season after he made 40 appearances last term.
However, Hutton insists that the senior star is coming under real pressure from Bassey and suggests that the youngster is even better than his more experienced teammate in some areas of his game.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I thought he was outstanding, for one so young, Motherwell can be a difficult place to go – I know there’s no fans but in general terms it’s difficult to go and play there.
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“I thought he came in and was outstanding to be honest, just playing with no fear, no fear at all – he just looks happy when he’s playing, he’s aggressive, he defends well, he defends one-v-ones, he gets forward, he’s got great energy.
“He ticks all the boxes for me and Barisic has got a real fight on his hands.
“It’s for Barisic to lose, the position, he’s playing at such a high standard for himself, he creates so many opportunities going forward that he’s always going to be the number one at the moment.
“I just think if there’s anything that you can kind of pick on is his one-v-one defending, whereas Calvin Bassey’s very strong. It’s something to look at in the future, it’s good, it’s only going to make Rangers better, it’s perfect.”
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