Marco Negri Believes Clinton Nsiala Could Be Rangers’ Next Calvin Bassey – A ‘Gamble Worth Taking’

Rangers manager Philippe Clement is wasting no time revamping his squad, but former Ibrox striker Marco Negri has warned fans to be patient with new signing Clinton Nsiala.

The 20-year-old French defender joins from AC Milan as Clement’s third summer arrival, following deals for Jefte and Oscar Cortes. Nsiala arrives with potential, but Negri, who worked with Milan’s academy, believes experience is lacking.

“I know Clinton well,” Negri told Record Sport. “He’s a very good, modern centre-back, but very young and only played Under-19s football.”

Negri hopes language won’t be a barrier for Nsiala, with Clement speaking French from his time at Monaco. However, Negri stressed the need for patience.

“This is a player you need to have patience with,” Negri said. “He has to realize where he’s going. Rangers is a great club with a lot of expectations.”

Nsiala impressed at youth level, reaching the UEFA Youth League final with Milan’s Under-19s, but never featured for the senior team.

“As a defender, Clinton is aggressive and strong in one-on-ones,” Negri said. “The main difficulty is the step from youth football to Scottish football. It’s tough and aggressive, unlike Italy.”

Despite the lack of experience, Negri sees potential in Nsiala.

“It’s an interesting pick by Rangers,” Negri said. “If he continues to improve, it could be a great signing in a couple of years.”

Negri compared Nsiala’s situation to the successful gamble Rangers took on Calvin Bassey.

“Is signing Nsiala a punt? Maybe,” Negri admitted. “But it’s one worth taking. Hopefully, it pays off like Bassey did.”


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