Chance for Rangers fringe man beckons vs Livingston after blow confirmed
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Chance for Rangers fringe man beckons vs Livingston after blow confirmed

Rangers fringe man Jack Simpson could be in line for a rare start against Livingston on Sunday after Leon Balogun was ruled out due to injury.

It’s been a struggle for Simpson at Rangers since he joined the club from Bournemouth in January.

Simpson has shown a tendency to get too tight to attackers, leading to fouls and bookings. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s made just eleven appearances and only four of those have come this season, with his last start coming in a 1-1 draw with Motherwell at Ibrox in September.

Steven Gerrard seemed to lose faith in the 24-year-old after he was partially at fault for the visitors’ goal that day and he’s only made one token substitute appearance since.

The Englishman has a clean slate with Giovanni van Bronckhorst, though, and with Balogun and Filip Helander both sidelined, he and Connor Goldson are the only two out and out centre-backs currently available to the new manager.

With Simpson not part of the Europa League squad, Calvin Bassey deputised at centre-back against Sparta Prague on Thursday night and performed well as the Gers kept a crucial clean sheet.

Rangers fringe man Simpson is likely to replace Calvin Bassey in the starting XI vs Livingston.  (Photo by MICHAL CIZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

However, Bassey has looked vulnerable in that role in the past and it would be a surprise if Simpson didn’t come into the side at Livi.

While Rangers have a good record against David Martindale’s side in recent times, they can be a tough team to play against on their own patch and selecting individuals out of position would be a big risk for GvB.

Specifics haven’t been given regarding the severity of Balogun’s injury, but with the manager suggesting that Kemar Roofe is likely to return to action before the Nigeria international, Sunday could be the start of the sort of run in the side Simpson has been looking for for a long time.

In a boost for the Gers ahead of the game, Livingston will also be missing several influential players.

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