Frank McAvennie has now predicted that Jack Simpson will struggle for Glasgow Rangers up against Martin Boyle when they play Hibernian at home.
The Lowdown: Simpson criticism
Should Rangers start Simpson?
However, with Filip Helander currently injured, and Steven Gerrard being unsure whether Connor Goldson will be able to play, the Englishman may have to start again in the heart of the defence.
The Latest: McAvennie on Simpson
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie, who is now a pundit after playing as a striker for the likes of Celtic and West Ham United, has predicted that Simpson will struggle against Boyle:
“It depends on the opposition.
“They have a big game on Sunday against Hibs. That’s a massive game, absolutely massive.
“Hibs are on fire and they really know what they are doing. They will fancy their chances.
“They know Simpson is the weak link. You expect he will start with the Goldson issue.
“He’s not had a great time of it so far, he barely played last season. We’ll see what happens but I expect Boyle will run rings around him.”
The Verdict: Tough task
Given that Simpson has only played in three matches in total over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt), and he is now under pressure to perform, it will be a tough task for him if he ends up starting, especially up against Boyle.
The Australia international has scored no fewer than 10 goals in 13 appearances so far this campaign (Transfermarkt), and may look to target Simpson when making runs into the box.
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see whether the Light Blues can keep Hibs quiet for the whole game, and Simpson’s display will be key to that.
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