CALVIN BASSEY is determined Rangers won’t be a one season wonder as the champions strive for further silverware success this season.

The defender was part of the Ibrox squad that ended Rangers’ decade-long wait for the Premiership title last term as Steven Gerrard’s side clinched a historic 55th league flag.

There will now be a new pressure on the shoulders of Gerrard and his squad as supporters demand that the title is retained and cups are won in the coming months.

That is the ambition that Bassey has in his sights, though, after savouring the first success of his career during his debut campaign in Scottish football.

“We made history,” he told RangersTV. “It has been an amazing year.

“One of our goals was to win the league, that was our main priority, and winning the league was the most amazing feeling. Probably the best feeling of my life.

“We know how much it means to the club and the fans and it has been a very good year. I am proud to be a part of it and to be involved in it with all the players and the coaching staff.

“I think we want that feeling again, we want that feeling every year. It is amazing what we did, but it is a new season and we have got to try and get that out of our heads, focus on this season and try to replicate what we did last season.

“We are always hungry for more and that is a credit to the coaching staff for keeping us hungry. The players always want more. That is very good.”

Bassey would make 15 appearances in all competitions for Rangers last term following his switch from Leicester City that saw him sign a four-year deal at Ibrox.

And the left-back is pleased with the progress that he has made on a personal level as he reaps the rewards of his time under Gerrard’s guidance.

Bassey said: “I think a lot of my game has developed, I would definitely say tactically I have more understanding of the game and all round my game has improved in various places.

“That has helped me to be able to cope with the games better. I can’t pick one thing. It is just my all round game but I have definitely improved a lot.

“I think being so young and handling the pressure now, it will help me when I’m older and when I’m more experienced. I feel I have been through the phase of a lot of pressure being on me so I feel that will help me in my career.”

Bassey has a chance to stake his claim for a starting jersey in pre-season as regular left-back Borna Barisic takes extra time off this summer following the European Championships.

The visit of Arsenal is next on the agenda for Rangers and Bassey is eager to make the most of any opportunity as he attempts to hit the ground running this season.

Bassey said: “Jordan (Milsom) made sure that we were maintaining our fitness, regularly texting to our group chat. I feel like that the pre-season programme has really helped us to make sure we are ready.

“Pre-season is never going to be easy, you go from playing football every single day to not playing it properly for six weeks. It is always going to be hard but I am definitely enjoying it and just looking forward to the games.

“Definitely, I am using it showcase my ability and show the coaches what I have got to offer.

“You always need to take your opportunity when it comes and hopefully I can just carry on, get my head down and focus and try to put in the best performances that I can.”