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Alex McLeish has called on Rangers defender Jack Simpson to raise his performance levels after the 4-1 win over Celtic on Sunday.

Despite the Bears smashing their Old Firm rivals once again, it was the former Bournemouth man who failed to catch the headlines.

McLeish believes it could be down to rustiness having not played much before making the move up to Glasgow in the latest window.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Jack Simpson hadn’t really played that much for Bournemouth.

“At his age, you would expect him to have more game time, whether they saw a maturity they saw in him? I understand from watching the games that his performance level has got to reach a higher level than he has been showing.”

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Rusty.

Stuart McCall labelled the 24-year-old as “not good enough” during the Old Firm, and it was the harsh reality given his start to life in Glasgow.

There is obviously plenty of time for Simpson to prove his worth beyond this season, with it being tough to judge someone after only a handful of appearances.

We haven’t seen much to inspire us in those games though, with his clumsiness giving away that penalty against St Johnstone those weeks ago.

We hope we are wrong, and Simpson still has plenty to show us moving forward beyond this season, he needs it.

In other Rangers news, Big update on the Bears squad available for 21/22, this outfield ace is set to leave Ibrox

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