Five Rangers players have been suspended for breaching Covid-19 protocol and that could lead to an opportunity for Jack Simpson to shine.

The defender has had to be patient for game time since signing in January, playing just 35 minutes across two substitute appearances.

However, with Cove Rangers the visitors on Sunday, Steven Gerrard could look to change things up and give starts to some of his fringe players.


We are keen to see another recent signing, Scott Wright, start on the wing, and hopefully Ryan Jack and James Tavernier could appear after injury.

The latter is unlikely to start due to his lengthy absence and with Nathan Patterson now banned we think Leon Balogun will start at right-back.

The central positions take care of themselves but Simpson could get his chance at left-back.

He has only played there three times in his career, per Transfermarkt, but he should be up to the challenge of Cove.

Borna Barisic has had a busy week-and-a-half on international duty with Croatia and has jetted around Europe.

The left-back has also not missed a Rangers game since December so he is in need of a rest.

Normally we would back Calvin Bassey to take the 28-year-old’s place in the side but he is one of five players to pick up a six-game ban.

That presents an opportunity to Simpson, who should be eager to impress after spending the last couple of months on the bench.

If he is to succeed at Ibrox Simspon will need to prove he is more than capable against a side like Cove Rangers.

Playing at left-back would also allow him the chance to demonstrate he is a versatile option and that would make him a great option for Stevie G.

If he does well Bassey will be kicking himself at a big opportunity missed, but Bassey must learn from his mistake and put it behind him – just like Patterson has done.

In other Rangers news, Stewart Robertson has spoken out about a key Gers incident.


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