Rangers fans have expressed doubts about Jack Simpson after he picked up another yellow card during a shaky start at Livingston on Wednesday evening.
Simpson signed a pre-contract deal in January before the Gers eventually reached an agreement with Bournemouth for him to move to Ibrox ahead of schedule.
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— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 1, 2021
Initially, he found playing time hard to come by and admitted that moving away from home for the first time had been difficult.
A defensive injury crisis has seen him receive more opportunities recently, though, and he now has six appearances to his name.
Yet, concerningly for supporters, he’s been booked in all three of his Premiership starts for the club.
He picked up a caution in a 1-1 draw at St Johnstone last month, while he was booked in just the 17th minute of the recent 4-1 Old Firm triumph and the trend continued at Livingston when he was shown a yellow in the 23rd minute for a foul on Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
Simpson has shown a tendency to get too tight to strikers, particularly early in matches, breaking the defensive line in the process and leaving big spaces in behind.
Remarkably, he now only has one fewer yellow card than Connor Goldson this season, who has made 49 more appearances.
Course he has
— ✖️ (@CamiSwagg) May 12, 2021
Gives me the fear 👀
— Joyful 🇬🇧🏴🇬🇧 (@weegie71) May 12, 2021
Honestly speaking I’m not sure why we taken the gamble on a lad that’s 24 and has played roughly 30 games in total professionally.
— John M (@jostmills) May 12, 2021
— miranda (@mirandabethh) May 12, 2021
It’s early days and I get that but I tend to go on my gut and my gut feeling on Jack Simpson is nah.
— Kirst 🪐 (@kirsten93_) May 12, 2021
Jack Simpson, CALM DOWN
— 𝙇𝙖𝙬𝙨𝙤𝙣 (@chrslwsn) May 12, 2021
Jack Simpson getting turned inside out by JET does not fill me with hope
— Jeffco (@Rjeffrey1872) May 12, 2021
Simpson hasn’t made a flying start to his Rangers career and there’s always pressure to deliver quickly in Light Blue.
However, while his discipline and decision-making need to improve, it must be pointed out that he contributed to a clean sheet at the Tony Macaroni Arena and played his part in a hammering of Celtic in just his second Gers start.
Some players take longer to settle than others, with Borna Barisic a prime example of a signing who struggled for some time before blossoming into a key man.
Therefore, Simpson deserves more time to find his feet and to come to terms with the levels required at Ibrox before he’s written off entirely.