Former Glasgow Rangers defender Alan Hutton has described the club’s recent acquisition of Calvin Bassey as “a great deal” for the Ibrox outfit.
The ‘Gers officially confirmed the pre-contract signing of the 20-year-old left-back on their official website on Saturday, with Football Insider claiming that they are only due to pay a £300,000 compensation fee to Leicester due to cross-border transfer rules, despite a source from the Foxes describing the youngster as “a £3m player”.
Hutton expressed his delight at the signing when speaking to Football Insider, saying: “It was a definite must, they needed somebody to come in. At 20 years of age he’s definitely one for the future but I’ve heard he can also play left centre-half. There’s options there.
“I’ve watched some clips of him and seen what he’s about, he looks big and strong, decent pace about him so he’s got all the attributes to be a modern day full-back. He looks really exciting, looks like he loves driving forward and making things happen.
“I think it’s a win-win with the fee being so low and him being so young, it’s a great deal that Rangers have got. This is the thing with the players moving across the border, the fees are relatively low. I’m sure all the fans have looked him up and are really excited to see him play.”
It’s easy to see why Hutton thinks that the ‘Gers have done great business with the cut-price signing of Bassey. To snap up a player reportedly valued at £3m for only 10% of that figure is a fantastic coup, especially in a transfer market that is likely to be very subdued given restraints on clubs’ finances arising from the lack of football due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 20-year-old’s arrival ensures that there is adequate cover for Borna Barisic, who had been left as the first team squad’s only left-back after Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan were released last month. The Leicester academy product can also cover at centre-back, bringing an ideal versatility to Gerrard’s defensive options.
Are you excited by the signing of Calvin Bassey?
Hutton’s praise of the youngster has been unequivocal and, with the 35-year-old a long-serving ‘Gers full-back who has won 50 Scotland caps, he is more qualified than most to deliver a trusted verdict on whether a player in that position has the qualities to succeed at Ibrox. Therefore, for him to say that the Light Blues have signed a gem in Bassey ought to provide huge encouragement to the club’s supporters.
‘Gers fans, are you even more excited about Bassey’s arrival following Hutton’s high praise of the youngster? Tell us what you think in the comments section below!
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