By Doug Ward

19th May, 2021 | 10:56am

Gordon Smith struggles to understand why Rangers signed Jack Simpson

Former Rangers player and director of football Gordon Smith has questioned the Gers’ signing of Jack Simpson in the January transfer window.

The Gers had agreed a pre-contract deal to sign Simpson, 24, from Bournemouth but ended up landing the defender earlier than originally planned.

The centre-back has since made seven senior appearances for the Light Blues but Smith is yet to be impressed by him.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Smith said: “I liked George Edmundson when he was in the team but the Jack Simpson signing surprised me.

“He’d been at Bournemouth for six years and is 24 years of age and he’d started 12 games.

“That was a shock for me Rangers would be interested in someone who had been at a club and couldn’t get a game. You’re always looking for someone who is a regular.

“The scouting staff might have looked at him and felt he could improve but I’ve not been impressed.”

Give him a chance

Simpson’s arrival in the winter was an odd one.

He came to Ibrox as a 24-year-old centre-back with a pittance of game-time in senior football, which begged the question as to why Steven Gerrard wanted him.

Simpson wasn’t getting in the Bournemouth squad in the Championship and hadn’t been loaned out to anywhere in the English Football League.

They were major red flags when it came to his arrival, especially as Gerrard already had a host of centre-back options including Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Leon Balogun, Nikola Katic and Edmundson, with the latter two a long-term injury absentee and the other out on loan respectively.

Either way, Katic and Edmundson could be back next season while Simpson will also be there to be below Goldson and Helander in the pecking order.

Is Gerrard expecting someone to move on? If so, is Simpson good enough to step up?

From what we’ve seen, he’s not as good as Goldson, Helander, Balogun and a fully-fit Katic but he can play a role as a squad player if he’s happy to do so.

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