Calvin Bassey established himself as a key player for Rangers in the most recent season and it has been no surprise to Gers fans to see him linked with a move away from Ibrox in recent weeks.
Journalist Ryan Taylor recently spoke to GIVEMESPORT about Bassey’s future at Ibrox.
Taylor said: “Bassey is clearly highly rated by Villa. I think that deal will happen; I can see it happening. Obviously, [Diego] Carlos coming in might change the picture, but it’s clear Villa rate him highly, and for me, it’s just a no-brainer.
“The way he played in the Europa League, he looks like a player that’s just naturally ready to step up and perform.”
The former Leicester City man won a lot of plaudits for his performances in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side last season, with his switch to centre-back an inspired decision by the Dutch manager which brought out sensational performances, most notably in the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves was particularly impressed by the youngster following that game, as he said: “Calvin Bassey, my word, what a performance. That was astonishing, the energy and effort. Everything about his game was fantastic.
“Anyone watching that will be thinking: ‘That’s the kind of player I want in my team.”
With that in mind, it’s hardly a surprise that per SofaScore ratings, he ranks as the club’s fourth-best defender in 2021/22. That perhaps doesn’t do his performances justice with the youngster now one of the best up and coming talents in Scotland.
Having become first-choice last season, Rangers fans will surely want to keep the youngster around next season as they aim to reclaim the Scottish Premiership and target another run in Europe.
However, from what Taylor suggests, it seems unlikely that he will still be at Ibrox when the 2022/23 campaign begins, an eventuality that will no doubt leave supporters gutted.