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Rangers played a blinder with the signing of Calvin Bassey

Glasgow Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson was a busy man throughout the course of the summer transfer window as he dealt with a number of ins and outs at Ibrox.

The Light Blues chief dipped into the market to bolster Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side by signing Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo, Malik Tillman, Ridvan Yilmaz, John Souttar, and Ben Davies.

However, he also sanctioned the sales of two key first-team players. Joe Aribo left the club to sign for Premier League side Southampton, while Calvin Bassey was sold to Dutch giants Ajax.

Rangers played a blinder with the latter as they cashed in on him for a club-record fee after picking him up from Leicester in the summer of 2020.

Sky Sports claim that the Gers paid a fee in the region of just £230k to the Foxes to snap him up, which was a compensation package after he arrived at Ibrox on a ‘free transfer‘ upon the expiry of his contract at the King Power Stadium.

At the time of Bassey’s arrival, then-Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard claimed that the defender would “develop further” and described him as “physically powerful“, whilst Wilson stated that the gem had a “really bright future” in the game.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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He spent his first year at the club bedding into life at senior level and only made eight appearances in the Premiership, whilst playing three times in the Europa League.

Van Bronckhorst’s appointment at Rangers and the Dutchman’s decision to move Bassey into a centre-back role then allowed the Nigeria international to flourish in 2021/22.

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The ex-Leicester enforcer ended the campaign with a whopping 50 appearances in all competitions, including 14 in the Europa League as the Gers made it to the final, only to lose to Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties.

He started 12 of those 14 games and averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.90 as he won 60% of his duels and made three tackles and interceptions per game, showcasing his consistency and strength on the European stage.

BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves described him as “astonishing” during the coverage of the final, and that word can also be used to describe the profit that Rangers ended up making on the Nigerian.

Ajax reportedly agreed a deal worth up to a fee in the region of £23m to sign Bassey in the summer just gone, a whopping 9,900% increase on the £230k that the Light Blues paid to sign him from Leicester two years ago.

Therefore, the Gers played an absolute blinder with Bassey, as they signed him for peanuts before developing him and making a gigantic profit, allowing them to reinvest the money into a host of new signings to hopefully improve the squad for this season.

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