Gio van Bronckhorst has had a near-on perfect start to life at Ibrox with four wins out of four since his arrival at Rangers.
The Gers have beaten Sparta Prague, Livingston, Hibernian and Dundee FC in his four matches, scoring nine goals and conceding once in that time.
One player who has stepped up and quickly asserted himself as a key player for the Dutchman is ex-Leicester defender Calvin Bassey.
Towards the end of last month, FFC published an article outlining his impressive start under the former Feyenoord boss as a central defender, having been mainly used at left-back previously.
Since publication, he has started both of Rangers’ Premiership games as a centre-back and helped the side to keep back-to-back clean sheets against Hibernian and Dundee. This impressive form could now end up saving van Bronckhorst millions ahead of the January transfer window.
Connor Goldson is out of contract at the end of the season and it remains to be seen whether or not the club will opt to cash in on him in the winter window to avoid losing him for nothing. If they do decide to sell him then they will need a replacement to come in and Bassey’s recent form suggests that he could be that player.
Van Bronckhorst recently lauded the defender’s performances and claimed that he is ‘full of energy’. He said:
“I’ve been really impressed with Calvin [Bassey] as he does not have a lot of experience in the central positions. He has a lot of physical strength and we will help him to develop and grow. He is very open to learning and is full of energy.
“I think he has the physical ability to play there and we’re helping him a lot in that position when he has to pass when he has to dribble, the position he has to take when the other defenders got the ball.
“He’s a player who’s very open in learning and he gives a lot of energy into the team. The last two games I’m really happy with the way he played.”
At the age of 21, the £6.4k-per-week gem has plenty of time left ahead of him to develop further under van Bronckhorst’s coaching in Glasgow.
He could be tutored into becoming a top-quality centre-back for Rangers, with three clean sheets in the last four games and a SofaScore rating of 7.00 or higher in every match. This shows that he has the potential to be a solid operator at centre-back moving forward for the Gers and could alleviate the need for a new signing.
If he can continue to match the high standards he has set himself in recent weeks heading into January then it could tempt the 43-year-old boss and Ross Wilson to abort any plans they have to sign a Goldson replacement. Instead, they could use the money to strengthen other areas and have Bassey competing alongside the likes of Jack Simpson and Leon Balogun for a starting berth, with Filip Helander in the mix when he returns from injury.