New Rangers recruit Jack Simpson has admitted he was blown away during a tour of Ibrox after signing from Bournemouth [RangersTV].
Simpson made the 400-mile move from the south coast of England to Glasgow on 1st February, penning a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Gers.
Since then, supporters haven’t seen much of him in action.
He’s made just two appearances to date – substitute outings against Dundee United and Slavia Prague – with a likely first start at the weekend against Cove Rangers scuppered by a minor knock.
The 24-year-old recently told RangersTV that he’s feeling settled, though, after initially finding the move away from home challenging, and later in the interview, he recalled just how impressed he had been when he first clapped eyes on Ibrox and its features.
“I remember the first time I came to the stadium and Ross Wilson showed me around,” he said [RangersTV]. “The Trophy Room just blew me away and I couldn’t believe how much was in there. He said that wasn’t everything and it was quite impressive.”
“I hadn’t really seen anything like that. Just the history, it is a modern stadium that still keeps the old culture and the old stuff in there.
“You can really feel the culture and the history of the club and the fact that we have now added to that to make it 55 makes it even more special.”
It’s little surprise that Simpson was stunned by the stadium and the grandeur of the Trophy Room, given that he moved from the Cherries, a much-less decorated club with a ground that holds less than a quarter of Ibrox’s capacity.
Nonetheless, these comments will go down well with supporters.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Englishman is given playing time either in the post-split fixtures or the Scottish Cup, but given how keen both Wilson and Steven Gerrard were to recruit him, it’s likely that he’ll play a big role in the first-team squad next season.
Meanwhile, a former Rangers fan favourite is closing in on a rapid return to the Premiership.