Alex McLeish: Rangers defender will have been hurt despite 4-1 victory v Celtic

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Alex McLeish believes that Rangers defender Jack Simpson will have felt hurt despite the 4-1 victory over Celtic last time out.

The January signing was thrown into the deep end due to injuries and was labelled “not good enough” by Stuart McCall after losing Kris Ajer for the goal.

McLeish hit back at those claims and admitted that he will have grown in confidence after a majorly positive display with minor blips in the Old Firm.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It won’t do any harm for his experience.

“You can see that he lost Ajer for the equalising goal from the corner kick. That hurts centre-backs against their rival centre-back.

“Jack will learn from it, what he did do though, he started very well, very positive. His first touch was positive, but he did get casual in the second half.

“I do believe that the game against Celtic will have enhanced his confidence.”

Chance.

Simpson will have been working hard since arriving from Bournemouth, and he has been given the chance to feature due to injuries picked up by Filip Helander and Leon Balogun.

McCall’s words were not called for, especially after just one mistake in such a massive game against good players, they are bound to create chances.

As McLeish says, these opportunities are only going to make Simpson better, and with two more league games to come, he has the chance to prove that.

Steven Gerrard will know this is a work-in-progress, and throwing his players into the deep end will only benefit him and his squad further down the line.

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