Rangers forward Calvin Bassey wants to take on Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland next week.

CALVIN BUSSI says he would love to take on superstar striker Erling Haaland at Ibrox next week.

Borussia Dortmund ace Haaland missed out on Thursday’s 4-2 first leg loss to Rangers and is facing a time trial to be ready for a comeback.

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Ace Dortmund Haaland watching from the stands
Cork Gers Calvin Bassey

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Cork Gers Calvin Bassey

Stopper Gers Bassey said: “You always want to test yourself against the best. He is without a doubt one of the best strikers in the world.

“You want to see how you deal with a player like that. We have a game on Sunday and right now we are focused on getting back in shape in the league and getting three points.

“For us, every game is a big game. I know it’s a cliché, but it’s true because playing for a team like the Rangers, you can’t accept anything less than three points.

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“Thursday was an amazing evening at a big competition and I’m just happy that we performed.

“The game plan was to be brave and trust yourself and I think we showed that.

“We were bold in our press, we were tall. We have shown that we can compete on the big stage.”

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The Rangers’ outstanding victory shocked all of Europe, with Bassey reporting last night that his phone would not stop buzzing.

He smiled: “Your phone will explode when you play in Dortmund, even before we played them. Everyone congratulated me.

“We’re only halfway there, we still have 90 minutes and I’m sure they’ll give it their all and give it their all at Ibrox.


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“It was a great night and a great feeling, we did great as a team, we enjoyed it.”

Bassey showed his best game in a Rangers jersey when he partnered with Connor Goldson on defense.

He said, “I just want to play. I want to participate in every game, wherever I play.

“A centre-back needs more communication and it sort of starts with you having the ball.

“If you can beat the first press, it’s your responsibility to set the tone for the team in terms of beating the press and being brave.

“If me and Connor Goldson are brave, it extends to the whole team and everyone wants to play.

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“The left back is more demanding physically, you can attack and defend.

“You will always make mistakes, but that’s how you deal with them.”

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