Rangers player Jack Simpson has been presented with a fresh start at Ibrox by the departure of Steven Gerrard.

Simpson was brought to Ibrox by Gerrard in January and bigged up by the then-Gers manager [Rangers.co.uk].

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Jack Simpson looked to be a decent signing when he arrived from Bournemouth. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

He had also previously been praised by former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, who claimed he had ‘everything’ to become a top defender other than senior match experience [Glasgow Times].

The 24-year-old had a brief and unconvincing run in the Rangers team at the back end of last season but he’s barely featured during the current campaign.

A strong indication of his place in the pecking order was given by Gerrard’s decision to leave him out of the extended squad for the Europa League group stages, and he’s hardly had a look in in domestic competition either, despite fellow centre-back Filip Helander being sidelined since mid-September.

Simpson has made just four appearances this season, only making the starting XI twice.

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The most recent of his two starts came in September at Ibrox against Motherwell in the Premiership and after he was partially at fault for the visitors’ equaliser, Gerrard appeared to lose faith in his fellow Englishman.

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Simpson has only made 11 appearances since joining Rangers in January and has effectively been frozen out in recent months. (Photo by Willie Vass – Pool/Getty Images)

Simpson didn’t feature for the next eight matches and when he finally did appear again against the Steelmen at Fir Park last month, it was only a token 12-minute substitute outing.

Now, though, Gerrard’s departure for Aston Villa has offered him a fresh start.

In Giovanni van Bronckhorst, a new manager has been appointed and given that Simpson’s contract runs until 2025, he has plenty of time to make up for a disappointing start to life at Ibrox.

A lot of Rangers fans are yet to be convinced but if he can impress GvB in training over the coming weeks, he could be rewarded with the sort of run in the side he’s been waiting for for some time.

Meanwhile, a fan favourite at Ibrox has streaked clear of Napoli, Lazio and Lyon stars in an official UEFA poll.

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