Jack Simpson didn’t impress on his Rangers debut as the summer signing came off the bench in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Dundee United.
The defender will have wanted to make a name for himself and effect the scoreline and he managed to do that, just not in the way he will have wanted.
Simpson came on midway through the second half with the game all but done and dusted though United were giving as good as they were getting.
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It should’ve been a nice easy task for the former Bournemouth man to come on and see out the game while getting used to Steven Gerrard’s style of play.
Don’t do anything stupid and just have a nice easy return to football after not playing for a few weeks.
Don’t, for example, run around like a headless chicken, bottle a tackle and give a goal away.
So, late in the game, the Tangerines are on the attack though everything they have thrown at Rangers so far has been repelled.
As you can see here, Simpson is marking Marc McNulty quite comfortably.
At this point McNulty starts to come towards the ball and make some space for himself just in case he ends up getting the ball.
Simpson continues to track his man though he lets the Dundee United striker have a bit more space.
At this point, McNulty runs away from Simpson into the channel and the Gers defender completely loses his man.
It is far too easy for McNulty to find space here and this is the first error Simpson makes in this passage of play.
Instead of having his eyes on McNulty, Simpson’s gaze is fixed on the ball which is how the forward was so easily able to slip away.
The defender does actually recover this situation though as the ball gets away from McNulty and it looks as though he has an easy chance to get the ball away.
From this position he could pass it to Joe Aribo or Glen Kamara but another Dundee United player is looking like they will challenge for the ball.
Simpson goes in for the challenge in the end but it is a feeble and half hearted attempt at a tackle that the Gers defender does not win.
This is so poor from Simpson and he will need to toughen up if he is to succeed in the Scottish Premiership.
The ball then falls to McNulty who fires past Allan McGregor to give Dundee United a deserved consolation.
Look at Simpson here, he doesn’t know where McNulty is and he is all over the place with his back to the ball.
He doesn’t have a clue.
This is a really bad impression to make on your debut as Simpson barely looked competent while making these basic errors.
He needs to improve and improve quickly if he is to make a success of his Ibrox career as he won’t be given many chances if he makes more errors like this.
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