Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has sent a warning to deadline day signing Jack Simpson that he will have to be patient as he looks for regular minutes following his move from Bournemouth – admitting the likes of Fil Helander and Leon Balogun “deserve” regular action.
Simpson made his debut for the Gers in yesterday’s rout of Dundee United but Gerrard confessed that Simpson will need to “keep fighting” for more minutes on the pitch.
With Gerrard already admitting that Simpson’s deadline arrival was something of a surprise having already secured him on a pre-contract, the Ibrox boss is in no rush to pitch him into the side as they close in of 55.
“We will have to see [if he will be more involved in the remaining weeks] and we have got the luxury of having centre-backs who have performed ever so well over the season,” Gerrard said [Rangers TV]
“We got Jack in early, which was a bonus really and we didn’t expect to get him in so early. There was no rush or panic or we don’t need to be forceful to get him in.
The game presented an opportunity to get him moving. He has been patient and waited for his debut and if we need to use him we will use him. He has to keep fighting for more performances from now until the end of the season and I am sure he will get them.
“It is very difficult to say to players ‘you are not playing today’ when they have been performing ever so well and keeping a lot of clean sheets and we have put ourselves in this position in the league and Europe with other players.
“I am not saying I prefer those players, but they deserve to play and deserve the shirt and Jack needs to keep pushing and be patient and wait for his moments to come.”
While injury to James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson’s stupidity have left the Gers a bit short on bodies in defence, the Light Blues still looked pretty solid yesterday against Dundee United.
Simpson’s cameo won’t be his last this season but it is likely that it will be pre-season before we really start to see what the former England youth international can bring to the side.