Pundit Exclusive: 'Brilliant' Rangers rookie tipped to eclipse £8m-valued Ibrox star
Alan Hutton has claimed Calvin Bassey could develop into a better left-back than Borna Barisic at Rangers.
The former Gers and Scotland right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the 20-year-old has all the attributes to become a top performer at Ibrox over the coming years.
The young defender, who joined Rangers this summer, replaced Croatia international Barisic at half-time against Hamilton to make his eighth appearance of the season.
Bassey helped the Light Blues keep a clean sheet as they stormed their way to an 8-0 win over the Premiership’s basement club.
Hutton has admitted he has been blown away by the summer signing and insisted he is now battling it out with Barisic for a place in the starting XI.
The Croatia international is valued at around £8million by Rangers, who fended off interest from Leeds United in him over the summer.
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Hutton told Football Insider: “Nothing seems to faze this young boy. For one so young and not too much experience every time he’s been called upon, he’s been there, he’s been willing, he’s worked hard.
“Not just that, he’s been a standout. He’s not just come to play the position, he’s actually fighting for the possession, which is good to see. He came in, I think for his first start against Motherwell, I think away, which is a difficult place to go and he played brilliantly.
“Every time I’ve seen him, whether it be on at half time or 20 minutes ago, he’s actually impacted the game.
“The goal for Barker, it was his driving run that kind of led to that so he is definitely contributing to the team and he’s pushing Barisic.
“The only thing at the moment is, obviously, Gerrard sees him (Barisic) as the number one left-back and what he gives is dead-ball deliver or delivery from wide areas. I think Bassey has got the potential to be better.
“He’s definitely got all the attributes, in my opinion, and he’s still learning. I think that people round about him, the likes of Barisic, will be helping him get better because you can always improve, possibly in the final third, and I’m sure they’ll come with time and games.”
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