Rangers have confirmed the signing of Jack Simpson from Bournemouth on a pre-contract with the 24-year-old arriving at Ibrox in the summer – and Gers fans on Twitter are delighted by the former England under-21’s capture.
Simpson joins Scott Wright in committing his future to Steven Gerrard’s side and the versatile star’s capture has excited fans who already have one eye on next season.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 28, 2021
The Bournemouth Academy graduate has made 35 first-team appearances for the Cherries and has Premier League experience after featuring under previous boss Eddie Howe.
Howe is a big admirer of the defender, previously claiming he has “everything” except experience and needs regular games, saying: “He is a player of huge potential and promise but is coming to an age where he probably feels he needs regular football. It’s obviously got to be right for us and for him.” [Bournemouth Echo].
“He’s got that rare composure on the ball. I remember one of the early performances he gave at Chelsea, as good a performance I’ve seen with the ball from a centre-half in a long, long time.”
“He’s got that ability to find passes under pressure. He seems to rise to the occasion, which is a great quality to have mentally.”
“Physically he’s good. He is six foot three, he can head the ball and is athletic. He does have everything – the only thing missing for Jack is the experience that a lot of the other players have.”
Rangers fans can’t wait to see him next season as he looks to force his way into the record-breaking defence currently at Gerrard’s disposal.
After oicking up 20 clean sheets so far from 26 league games, Simpson will need to be at his very best from the get-go if he is to get the regular minutes he needs next season.
Fans are excited by the 24-year-old’s signing though and took to Twitter to welcome him to Rangers.
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
Welcome to Rangers Jack
Great work by the management team 👏🏻
— Four Lads Had a Dream (@4ladshadadream) January 28, 2021
We are literally playing this like a game of football manager. 2 pre contract signings agreed and not rushing to splash the cash as the league is as good as done.
— Hedgie 🇬🇧 (@stu__1873) January 28, 2021
This gets my stamp of approval 👍
Welcome to the party jack.
— c_thebro2 (@old_skool2) January 28, 2021
Welcome to the famous Glasgow Rangers Jack Simpson 🔴⚪🔵
— 77kingj3 (@forrester_billy) January 28, 2021
Welcome to the party pal 🇬🇧 https://t.co/vcqixoeeWD
— GNP92 🇬🇧 (@GPope92) January 28, 2021
Welcome to the Rangers Jack 👍 https://t.co/pHipbrpjob
— Drew Mair (@gimmi_sum_mair) January 28, 2021
Welcome big man 💙 https://t.co/XI7brBWVBS
— Dee🧡 (@dl_1872) January 28, 2021
Precontracts are excellent for Rangers.
Have to assume Edmundson is for the off now. https://t.co/Yn8KU07wDM
— JHC (@JHC17626935) January 28, 2021
The move for Simpson is bad news for an imposing Rangers loanee who recently jumped up a division after the termination of a previous loan stint.