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Sir Kenny Dalglish: Jude Bellingham was brilliant – but so was Calvin Bassey as Rangers knocked out Dortmund

© Luke Nickerson/Rangers FC/ShutteCalvin Bassey and Jude Bellingham were in the thick of it at Ibrox last Thursday night.
Calvin Bassey and Jude Bellingham were in the thick of it at Ibrox last Thursday night.

For Rangers to defeat Borussia Dortmund to reach the last-16 of the Europa League was always going to take an almighty team effort.

And from Giovanni van Bronckhorst, to the players and the supporters, they all united to bring the club one of its most-memorable European nights.

Ibrox was absolutely rocking and the noise generated from the home crowd was unbelievable

It could easily have been even better as the Gers had a goal wrongly disallowed after a VAR check.

In the end that didn’t matter, which is maybe a good thing as they should have a wee bit of luck they can call upon, if required, in the next round against Red Star Belgrade.

But they didn’t require the rub of the green for the huge win against the Bundesliga giants. The tie was won totally on merit.

There were times when Rangers had to defend in numbers, and were deep inside their own penalty area.

Given the quality of the opposition, that was no great surprise.

That led to Allan McGregor being called into action, and when he was, he was absolutely magnificent.

Jude Bellingham was exceptional for Dortmund, and what a talent the teenager is.

But another youngster also caught my eye, and I have to say Calvin Bassey was outstanding.

Signed by Steven Gerrard for a development fee from Leicester City, he has improved very nicely.

He has just turned 22, but he played with maturity, and showed his positional sense and tactical knowledge to switch seamlessly from left centre-back to left wing-back in the second half.

That move from Giovanni at half-time altered the flow of the game. It disrupted Dortmund, and gave Rangers more confidence.

Calvin has lovely feet, a great turn of pace and is powerfully built. He, most definitely, is one to watch.

It now moves on to Red Star, and they will have to be given as much respect as Dortmund received.

They topped their Europa League section, and are also in the last 16 because they can play a bit.

Rangers Europa League draw: Ibrox side face Crvena Zvezda in last-16 after toppling Dortmund

As Rangers progress in Europe, it will be interesting to see if that becomes an intrusion into their drive to retain their Premiership title.

Giovanni will hope it doesn’t interfere, but only time will tell.

It’s up to the manager and the players to show they can handle the pressure and demands of the different competitions, starting today at home to Motherwell.

After losing to Bodø/Glimt, Celtic now only need to focus on domestic matters.

They are away to Hibs at lunchtime, looking to keep their lead at the top of the table by the close of play today.

It was disappointing for Celtic to lose to the Norwegian side, but let’s credit their manager, Kjetil Knutsen.

He has been linked with a few bigger jobs after his fine work at the Aspmyra Stadium.

Knutsen has been there four years, and has rebuilt the team a couple of times after losing star performers.

So he clearly knows his stuff, and will fancy his chances in the last 16 against AZ Alkmaar.

UEFA’s major club tournaments are heading towards their climax, but it has been a testing week for Europe’s governing body, given the situation in Ukraine.

They had to take away the Champions League Final from St Petersburg. It has been moved to the Stade de France in Paris, and that was the right decision.

Let’s hope the focus gets back to football as quickly as possible because then we’ll know the troubles in Ukraine are over.

That is the outcome that we all want, and the sooner the better.