Rangers turn their attention away from Premiership action for now as they face the prospect of a UEFA Europa League semi-final clash.
The Gers play in the first-leg of their last-four meeting tonight in Germany as they look to set up a tasty second-leg at Ibrox under the lights next week.
In their Premiership victory last weekend, one player let themselves down as Leon Balogun was given his marching order by the referee in the 28th minute. Although the red card does not rule him out of this clash, Rangers need as much positive momentum as possible heading into this match and playing a player off the back of a low like that could be a mistake.
Therefore, van Bronckhorst must bring Calvin Bassey back into the starting XI to play next to Connor Goldson at the heart of the defence.
Leicester youth coach Steve Beaglehole previously dubbed him as “phenomenal” and that is exactly what he has been for the Gers since the Dutch head coach came through the door.
In the Premiership this term, he has averaged an impressive SofaScore rating of 6.95 and he has been rewarded for his form by winning the club’s Men’s Young Player of the Year award. He has shown that he can excel at left-back and centre-back and his versatility is another reason why he has been phenomenal for van Bronckhorst as he has been able to slot into multiple positions whilst maintaining a high standard of performance.
Journalist Josh Bunting has described his improvement this season as “ridiculous” as the £6.4k-per-week gem has gone from playing eight times in the league last term to 27 outings in the current campaign.
Bassey has also caught the eye in Europe with an average score of 6.91 in the competition. He has made 2.6 tackles and interceptions per game and won an impressive 70% of his ground duels – showing that he has been physically dominant for the Gers at the back.
The Nigerian brute has been a reliable, quality, player for van Bronckhorst in all competitions and that is why he must now be unleashed against RB Leipzig tonight. Balogun must be dropped after his red card and replaced by the 22-year-old, who has shown that he can put in excellent displays in the Europa League.