By George Overhill

4th Jul, 2022 | 6:40pm

Rangers position in battle with Hearts for Everton striker Ellis Simms emerges

Rangers are not currently chasing Everton striker Ellis Simms who is a prime target to return to Hearts, according to Derek Clark.

The youngster spent the second half of the 2021/22 season on loan with the Jambos, scoring seven goals in his time there, including a screamer to send them to the Scottish Cup final where they lost to the Gers.

The 4th Official previously reported on Patreon that the club had identified the Toffees man as a potential target but according to the latest update it has gone no further than that.

In his Rangers Insider newsletter for Rangers Review Clark writes: “Indeed, the Jambos are said to be keen on obtaining the 21-year-old’s services for the upcoming season. Rangers are not understood to be actively pursuing his signature.”

The club do have a new striker pending in the form of Antonio Colak however, with the Croatian international’s move held up until his current side, PAOK, bring in a replacement.

Clark confirms that the fee and the personal terms with the player have been agreed upon.

Back seat

There are a lot of moving parts for the Gers at the striker position currently which makes it difficult for them to plan fully on what to commit to.

The departure of Cedric Itten made the arrival of at least one goalscorer necessary, and in Colak they look to have wrapped that up, although the longer the delay drags on the more edgy that situation could become.

Star man Alfredo Morelos’ future is the key variable here as, whether the bid from Sevilla was genuine or not, he has a year left on his current contract and the Light Blues need to make a decision on him if they can’t get him signed to a new deal.

Kenny Miller had previously suggested Simms had the right ingredients to start to fill an El Bufalo shaped hole if the Colombian moves on, so perhaps it suggests they are either confident they can keep him long-term or are comfortable getting another season out of him before he walks for nothing in a year’s time.

There would be something in making a play for the 21-year-old Englishman on loan for the duel purpose of keeping him out of Robbie Neilson’s grasp and handing him an Ibrox audition ahead of a potential permanent deal next summer.

There is always scope for the landscape to change during a transfer window but at this point it appears he is more likely to be heading back to Tynecastle.

In other Rangers news, the main main in this equation has been tipped to potentially sign a new deal and then be sold anyway.