Frank McAvennie believes that Glasgow Rangers’ move for Jack Simpson could be them pre-empting an exit of one of their senior centre-halves this summer.
Simpson move may lead to an exit
The Gers have been heavily linked with a move for 24-year-old, with some reports indicating that a pre-contract deal has already been agreed (The Daily Record).
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie has suggested this could mean one of the Gers’ central defenders may leave Ibrox in a few months. He said:
“A lot of clubs have got four centre-halves, and four good ones.
“If they can get the boy Simpson on a free contract, he will fancy his chances of getting into that Rangers side next season. He would come in and straight away he’d be ready to fight for the team.
“They could be pre-empting an exit. That way if they were to lose a centre-half in the summer, it would not be a big problem.”
Simpson, who is set to come in from Championship outfit Bournemouth, will not be moving north of the border to take up a bit-part role at Ibrox – he will no doubt want to play on a regular basis. However, adding him to Steven Gerrard’s squad would mean they would have five options in the centre-back position along with Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Leon Balogun and Nikola Katic – and that is not even including George Edmundson, who appears to have ruined his chances of making it with the 54-time Scottish champions after breaking coronavirus regulations and picking up a seven-game ban (BBC).
Would you be happy to sign Simpson?
This quartet are valued at £8.91m (Transfermarkt) – the Gers would not doubt be able to recover a decent fee if they were to part ways with one of them. In fact, bringing in someone for free and selling another could be a fantastic piece of business as long as the quality remains the same.
In other news, Rangers fans don’t want this man to stay at Ibrox.
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