Rangers have already been active this summer transfer window, bringing in six new players to Ibrox, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will surely be dipping back into the market following the exit of Calvin Bassey this week.
What’s the word?
The full-back enjoyed an outstanding 2021/22 campaign at Rangers and earned a move to Ajax, in what was a record sale for the Ibrox outfit, and it seems as if they will reinvest some of that new money in a new left-back to compete with Borna Barisic.
In a recent interview with Football FanCast, Pete O’Rourke suggested that left-back is a priority area for Rangers.
He said: “That is a position that Rangers will be looking to strengthen in with Bassey leaving for Ajax and still doubts surrounding the long-term future of Barisic as well.”
Supporters will be delighted
As things stand, Barisic is the only natural left-back option in Van Bronckhorst’s squad.
Who should start at left-back next season?
A new left-back
As O’Rourke alludes to, he has also been linked with a potential move away from Ibrox, which leaves Rangers in a very precarious position, especially when you consider that their Champions League qualifying game against Union Saint-Gilloise is less than two weeks away.
The Teddy Bears have also lost promising young left-back James Maxwell, so supporters will be delighted to hear that a new left-sided defender is likely to arrive at Ibrox before the new season begins.
While Bassey’s best performances arguably came as a centre-back last term, particularly in the Europa League, he was still important cover for the Croatian on the left-hand side and more depth is needed there ahead of the new campaign.
Considering that Rangers have received significant transfer fees for Bassey and Joe Aribo, and have only spent money on Ben Davies, Rabbi Matondo and Antonio Colak so far this summer, there should be plenty of funds in the bank for a new left-back to be signed in time for 2022/23 getting underway.
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