By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

23rd Apr, 2021 | 7:05pm

Alex McLeish savages Jack Simpson after Rangers draw v St Johnstone

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Alex McLeish was left far from convinced by Rangers defender Jack Simpson after the 1-1 draw against St Johnstone on Wednesday evening.

The former Bournemouth enforcer handed the Saints the chance to equalise from the penalty spot in the final seconds with a clumsy challenge.

McLeish believes that the “jury” is still out on the winter signing, who has found it hard to hit the ground running with little experience.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Obviously, we’ve spoken quite a lot about coming here and hitting the ground running.

“Simpson is 24 now, and that sounds like a more mature player, but he’s not had a lot of experience at the highest level, even with Bournemouth.

“Somebody has obviously seen something in him, but the jury is out in terms of the judgement, we haven’t seen enough of him.

“The performance level on Wednesday showed the rustiness.”

Rusty.

Simpson certainly hasn’t had the best starts to life at Ibrox since arriving from Bournemouth in the winter window.

The defender suffered an injury in training and was then finally handed his first start on Wednesday, wasting that opportunity.

It would have been the perfect display had he have kept a clean sheet and left McDiarmid Park with all three points, but he was the reason that didn’t happen.

Conor Goldson, Filip Helander and Leon Balogun are all ahead of Simpson in the pecking order, and it would be no surprise should he have a minimal role next season.

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