Dutch legend, Ronald de Boer reckons Rangers old boy Calvin Bassey is now an Ajax untouchable.

The Nigeria international has swapped Glasgow for Amsterdam after winning a £20million switch on the back of last year’s breakthrough campaign. There was a false start for Bassey, however, when he was sent-off on his Ajax debut in their 5-2 Dutch Super Cup defeat to PSV. But the 22-year-old has completed three straight 90-minute displays since returning from suspension to help his new club soar to the top of the Eredivisie table.

And now de Boer – who starred for both Gers and Wednesday’s opening Champions League opponents during a glittering playing career – reckons the former Ibrox ace is now a permanent fixture in Alfred Schreuder’s line-up. De Boer told Record Sport : “I’ve been really impressed by Bassey. He was unlucky to be sent-off in the Super Cup. He started the game well and we have already had the people who thought he was just a big lump, charging around kicking people, changing their opinion.

“He gives Ajax strength and speed and on the ball he’s alright. Of course he can still improve on that part of his game but I think he showed in the last few games that he’s undroppable. Together with Jurrien Timber, they make a great couple in defence.

“Rangers won’t be looking forward to meeting him again. I thought he was one of the best players in the Europa League final, he was unbelievable.

“He’s still very young so it’s a great signing for Ajax. He has some rough edges but Ajax is the perfect place to polish those up. He’ll come under the wing of Daley Blind and be taught the Ajax philosophy, which is to play the ball along the ground and make combinations.


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