By Alan Hutton

18th Aug, 2021 | 4:00pm

'Unbelievable' Rangers rookie tipped to nail down first-choice spot at Ibrox - Hutton

Alan Hutton has heaped praise on Rangers youngster Calvin Bassey after his stellar performance in the cup demolition of Dunfermline Athletic.

The former Scotland and Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, tipped the 21-year-old for a starting berth in the coming games.

Bassey notched two assists and claimed the man of the match award against Dunfermline Athletic on Friday (August 13th).

The English defender was also named in the SPFL’s team of the week after Friday’s performance.

Borna Barisic was Rangers’ mainstay left-back last season as Rangers romped to the league title, making 30 league appearances.

However, Hutton has suggested the emergence of Bassey has thrown a spanner in the works for manager Steven Gerrard.

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“Bassey was man of the match, for me, against Dunfermline” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

He was unbelievable on the day. Everything he’s tried came off.

“His crossing, assists, his aggression in his play. It just looked like he has grown in stature as a football player.

“He must be in the forefront of Gerrard’s mind moving forward into big games.

“I thought he was excellent defensively in the first game against Livingston but the crossing and attacking part of it let him down.”

“But I read interviews from after that game and he was saying he wanted to replicate what Tavernier and Barisic bring to this Rangers team – and he’d been practising every day.

“It shows you the mentality he has that he wants to improve and wants to be in that first team. He’s going about it the right way.

“Putting in performances like that is only going to help him.”

In other news, this Rangers target has been offered a £35,000 per week deal.