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Rangers: Calvin Bassey let Gerrard down

Rangers continued their fine form in the Scottish Premiership as they demolished Ross County 4-2 at Ibrox on Sunday.

The Gers are currently on an 11-game unbeaten run in the league and have only lost one of their 13 matches so far this season, as they sit top of the table.

Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent, Juninho Bacuna and an own goal sealed the win for Rangers after they went 1-0 down early on to a sloppy goal, with County scoring a consolation late on to make it 4-2.

Despite the emphatic victory, one player let Steven Gerrard down during the match as they struggled at both ends of the pitch – Calvin Bassey. The former Leicester defender was given the nod over Croatian international Borna Barisic and was unable to show that he is a better option than his fellow left-back.

Was Bassey disappointing?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Defensively, he was poor. Per SofaScore, he only made one tackle in the game and failed to make a single clearance, interception or block. This would not be a massive concern if Rangers kept a clean sheet and completely dominated the game, but the Gers conceded twice and both goals came from his side.

He was too far up the pitch down the left for the first goal Rangers conceded, as he left Leon Balogun exposed in the left channel, although other players should have come across to cover so it cannot go down as an obvious error by Bassey. For County’s second goal, he was at fault as he was caught on his heels as the ball was threaded through the box and he was not quick enough to track the run – leaving the player free to slot past Allan McGregor.

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On the ball, the £6k-per-week youngster left a lot to be desired. Per SofaScore, he lost possession of the ball a whopping 21 times and failed with all seven of his attempted crosses. Despite having 88 touches and crossing the ball a number of times, he only created one chance for his teammates.

This suggests that he was not able to provide quality in the final third for Rangers, whilst also lacking defensively, which is why he let Gerrard down with his display. Barisic may not have to worry about his position at left-back if Bassey continues to produce performances like this but, hopefully, it was just an off-day for the Nigeria international and he can bounce back after the break and show the best of his qualities.

AND in other news, Forget Kent: £17k-p/w Rangers dynamo with 86 touches was the real star vs Ross County…

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