CALVIN BASSEY got his first look at Ibrox Stadium yesterday as a Rangers player – and it’s safe to say he was mightily impressed.
Having played at the famous Govan ground previously for Leicester City in a youth game and a bounce game last season, he’s experienced what Ibrox has to offer when there are no supporters in the ground.
But now he’s a Rangers player, he’s so excited by the prospect of running out in front of 50,000 home fans whenever the advice makes that possible.
“It’s amazing and the stadium is massive,” Bassey beamed when he was speaking exclusively to RangersTV. “You can just sense there is a lot of history in the club and I’m just happy to be here and hopefully I can be part of that history.
“When we played here, it was empty but you could feel the atmosphere, you could feel a lot of history and you could just tell, when there are 50,000 people in here the atmosphere is amazing and I just can’t wait until all the fans are back for me to give them 100 per-cent.
“It’s a massive club with a great fanbase and support system, so I just felt right now at this stage I needed a platform and what bigger platform could I ask for than Rangers.
“They have European football as well which is great, and hopefully I can just showcase my ability to the world.”
Bassey has watched a number of players come to Rangers over the last couple of seasons and improve their game under the Rangers coaching staff.
He believes he can do similar, and continued: “We have a great manager, a great coaching staff and hopefully with the right amount of time and added detail to my game, I can excel, be the best I can be and reach my potential.
“I am buzzing and I cannot wait to get started. Everyone knows about Steven Gerrard – legend, and Gary McAllister – a legend and I just can’t wait to start training with them, learning from them and improving my game.”
One such player who has spoken about the improvement in his game at Rangers has been Borna Barisic, and with Bassey able to play left-back, he will be looking to challenge the Croatian for a place in the squad.
“Of course.” he added. “I back myself, but at the same time, he is a great professional, a great player and he has great experience.
“So I am just looking forward to having that friendship-rivalry but at the same time learning from him and adding some bits to my game from his game.”
Rangers will have their Europa League last-16 tie from against Leverkusen to complete at the beginning of August before kicking-off the qualifiers for the 2020/21 tournament in September.
The opportunity to play in Europe was a massive draw for Bassey to Rangers, and he said: “The Europa League is such a massive tournament, and to be the best you have to test yourself against the best.
“European football gives us the opportunity to see how good we are and what level we are at, so it will be challenging but it will be an exciting challenge.”