RANGERS’ resolve to hold onto Calvin Bassey will be tested with cash-rich Ajax joining Premier League outfit Brighton in tracking the defender.

Twenty-four hours after boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst insisted the impressive 22-year-old left-back should be in no rush to leave the club, the Ibrox outfit can expect to be put under pressure to keep the Nigerian international.

Former Gers gaffer Steven Gerrard has also been linked with a move to take Bassey to Aston Villa while Davie Moyes is monitoring the situation as he attempts to strengthen his West Ham squad, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

THOU SHALL NOT PASS…Calvin Bassey keeps Hibs wide player Chris Cadden in check.

Dutch giants Ajax have the financial muscle to make a serious bid after picking up £60million from the sales of Sebastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund and Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United.

Brighton could be looking for a new No.3 if Manchester City are successful in their quest for Marc Cucurella who was a stand-out performer for the south coast club last season.

Bassey cost a bargain £230,000 when he arrived from Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City two years ago, but took the spotlight with a series of superb displays in the team’s surge to the Europa League Final where they lost in a penalty-kick shoot-out to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Joe Aribo, who claimed the Gers goal in Seville in the 1-1 extra-time stalemate, has already left the club in a £10million switch to Southampton.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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