By Joe Ellis

3rd Jul, 2022 | 8:26pm

Rangers want to sign Ellis Simms after epic loan spell at Hearts in 21/22

Rangers have identified Everton striker Ellis Simms as a potential transfer target for this summer, according to The 4th Official.

The 21-year-old arrived in the Scottish Premiership in the January transfer window on a short-term loan at Hearts where he lit up the division, scoring seven times during his short stay in Scotland.

Most notably, the England youth international scored a vital goal in the Edinburgh derby against Hibernian which the Jam Tarts won 2-1 and he also scored away at Celtic in a 4-1 defeat.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst does want to make a big improvement to the strikers he has at the club with Alfredo Morelos’ future looking uncertain and Kemar Roofe not cutting it so far.

The Light Blues will face competition from Hearts in the race to sign Simms this summer with the third-placed team from last season keen to have Simms on loan once again for the 2022-23 campaign.

Yes, please

For someone of such a young age, Simms looked like a seasoned professional whenever he played for Hearts last season and he caused some real problems for the defenders up against him too.

He has terrorised some of the Scottish Premiership’s most solid backlines and that is the kind of chaos creator we need at Rangers to progress us beyond Celtic and back to the top of the tree in Scotland.

Everton could well be ready to sell too as they need to make funds available for Frank Lampard to vastly improve their own squad which only just survived the drop from the Premier League last season.

That could allow us to take advantage of their desperation and sign Simms for a cut-price deal but we may end up having to settle for a loan move if the Toffees resist.

Regardless of what deal may occur, this is a transfer we simply must make happen if it is at all possible.

In other Rangers news, AJ Auxerre have just been promoted in France and they have identified one of van Bronckhorst’s raw aces as a target for this summer.