Jack Simpson looked ‘out of his depth’ in Rangers’ Premiership draw with Motherwell on Sunday, according to The Athletic‘s Jordan Campbell.
Simpson made his first league start of the season for the Gers at Ibrox on Sunday, replacing Leon Balogun in the line-up after the team’s Europa League exertions.
The 24-year-old, who joined from English Championship side Bournemouth midway through last season, was partly at fault for Motherwell’s equaliser. Mark O’Hara was able to dribble past him on the edge of the area and bear down on goal, with the ball subsequently breaking to scorer Kaiyne Woolery.
Simpson’s SofaScore rating of 6.4 was the joint-lowest in the Rangers side (along with ‘keeper Allan McGregor). He won just two of his seven ground duels over the course of the game.
Addressing fans in The Athletic‘s matchday discussion, Campbell argued that Simpson ‘has not impressed at all since coming in’ and looked ‘out of his depth’ against Motherwell.
He said that the Gers signing the 24-year-old was ‘surprising’ in the first place given his ‘lack of appearances’ at that age and noted that he looks ‘very shaky’, with long balls a particular weakness.
Rangers fans ought to be concerned with Campbell’s verdict on Simpson. Filip Helander is out until December, and Leon Balogun and Connor Goldson can’t play every game until then.
If the ex-Bournemouth centre-back, who earns £3,100 per week, continues to produce more performances like this, then it could seriously hamper the Gers’ title defence.
The hope will be that he is motivated by the criticism he’s facing and sets out to prove that Rangers’ investment in him was no mistake.
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