Rangers kid told to get ready to start v Livingston after Gerrard blown away - Sources
Calvin Bassey has been told to be prepared to step in to face Livington in case Borna Barisic misses out for Rangers tomorrow.
Steven Gerrard revealed at his media conference on Friday that the Croatian left-back is in a race against time to be fit for the 3pm Scottish Premiership kick-off.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Bassey, 20, is in line to step in if Barisic misses out with the injury he sustained in Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League win against Standard Liege.
The senior man limped off after 43 minutes and Gerrard admitted he will have a late fitness test.
“We have got a couple of kicks, bumps and bruises that we are dealing with,” the manager said on Friday morning.
“The only concern would be Barisic, I would say he is a doubt where we are at right now, it is not a big problem there’s still a chance he could pull through but we will check it out in more detail this afternoon.”
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Gerrard will have no hesitation in slotting Bassey in as a replacement for one of the team’s outstanding players.
The manager and his backroom staff have been hugely impressed by the summer signing from Leicester City both behind the scenes and in his first-team appearances.
His aggression, driving runs and composure on the ball stood out like a beacon in Belgium in what were torrential conditions that made slick interplay a major challenge.
Gerrard then spoke warmly about the powerful youngster following what was only his sixth appearance in a Rangers shirt.
Only one of those has been in the starting XI, which came in the 5-1 league win against Motherwell last month.