Former Rangers star slaps club record transfer price on Calvin Bassey and says he can be their Kieran Tierney
CALVIN BASSEY may be to Rangers what Kieran Tierney was to Celtic when it comes to club record transfers.
That’s the verdict of former Rangers and Celtic star Kenny Miller.
The former Scotland striker insists Bassey, one of Gers’ best players so far this year – especially in Europe – is worth at least £15million.
These stellar displays and the fact that he is only 22 and can play in multiple positions has led to inevitable transfer speculation.
Bassey joined Rangers in the summer of 2020, signing a pre-contract.
Tierney came through the Celtic youth system, therefore similarly costing the club pennies before making his first impact on the team.
Miller stopped short of saying that Bassey as a player can be compared to Tierney, but as a prospect, his performances have earned him a high price tag that he says Ibrox chiefs need to stick to.
He told Clyde1’s Superscoreboard: “You need to start at a minimum of £15m. I think that’s the going rate.
“I’m not saying he reached the same level as Kieran Tierney because Kieran played for several years at Celtic and won all kinds of trophies and played at Champions League level, Europa League level and at the international level as well.
“But Calvin Bassey has the potential – and I’m not saying he’s better, I’ll say it again – but from the level of performance we’ve seen, getting £25m (for Tierney) and letting Bassey go for £10m or £12m, no, I think you’re looking at a record offer to let him go.
“It was £12m for Nathan Patterson, I think it would take more than that to get rid of Bassey.”
Miller believes it is essential for the Gers to tie Bassey down for another year or so on top of his current deal.
And he also named Allan McGregor and Steven Davis as two players Giovanni van Bronckhorst MUST stay in Ibrox.
Both veterans seem destined for the exit – McGregor for sure – but Miller says both are imperative when it comes to setting the right standards in the locker room.
Asked about signing Bassey for an extension, Miller said: “I think you (have to) re-sign him.
“Now I understand that these players will have their own kinds of agendas, they will have their own careers mapped out for where they want to be and that’s why, and I’m going to take a bit of a different route here, but I think Rangers should keep McGregor and Davis.
“But again, it’s up to the players, they have to want to do that.
“For me, there were discussions about how to bring back that mentality and the standards in that Rangers dressing room of years and years ago. Those two players came back and set that standard, they have been through, they know what the requirements are, they’ve been on the course and the distance.
“Whether to play or not, because Davis hasn’t played much under Gio but let me tell you something, what a difference he made in that Europa League final. I forgot how much he was a good player because I didn’t see a lot of him.
“He’s a wonderful football player but even better in the dressing room and the influence they will have, even with McGregor. They know what it takes to play for Rangers, the success and the demands of the fans.
“I’ll add Scott Arfield to that and Ryan Jack, Connor Goldson as well. Away from their abilities as footballers but as people in the building.”
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