COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Rangers should move quickly to secure the services of Sebastien Bassong after it was confirmed he will leave Norwich at the end of thus season.
The Canaries announced on their official website that Bassong would be one of seven senior players who will be free agents when their contracts expire on 30 June.
The other players to be let go are: John Ruddy, Yousouff Mulumbu, Steven Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Michael Turner and Kyle Lafferty.
Here are three reasons why Ibrox manager Pedro Caixinha should sign Bassong this summer to bolster a defence that has not been up to the mark this season.
Proven Premier League performer
The 30-year-old has been plying his trade in England since 2008, and since then he has represented Newcastle, Tottenham, Watford and Norwich. After almost 10 years of professional football in England, he is as close to a sure deal as Caixinha will get. He has also represented Cameroon on 18 occasions, so brings international experience to the squad. It has been well documented that Rangers squad is relatively young and unproven, by bringing in Bassong they will have a ready made central defender who can walk straight into the starting XI.
They need leaders
The role of Clint Hill in Rangers team has been enormous, as a leader in the dressing room and as a player. But Hill is 38, and arguably should be nowhere near the starting XI if the Gers are to realistically challenge Celtic. Bassong can fill the leader role on the pitch, because of his experience and quality, while Hill can remain a key figure in the dressing room. Caixinha’s side have bottled two of the Old Firm derbies well and truly this season, losing 5-1. By bringing in Bassong, his cool head and leadership, would not allow those kinds of losses to occur again.
Rangers need defensive depth
The Gers have been struck down by injuries to their defenders in recent weeks which has left them relying heavily on David Bates, 20, and Myles Beerman, 18. The pair have performed admirably and have bags of potential, but neither are the finished product. By bringing in Bassong, their defensive options would be improved, and it is unlikely that they would have to rely on their youth players next term, if a similar injury crisis takes hold. Bassong’s presence will also help to improve the young players, given the vast experience he can pass on.
In other Rangers transfer news, here are three reasons why the club should sign Steven Whittaker.