As Rangers prepared to face Celtic this weekend much of the talk was about the inclusion of inexperienced centre-back Jack Simpson in the Ibrox XI.

The Gers defender was forced into only his second start in a Rangers shirt since his January move from Bournemouth following injuries to both Leon Balogun and Filip Helander.

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Rangers defender Jack Simpson played most of the game with a yellow card but was a composed and controlling presence throughout. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 24-year-old’s inclusion in the game would’ve been something John Kennedy’s floundering side would’ve hoped to target but as things transpired, Simpson stepped up and played.

Minus a harsh yellow card for an accidental forearm clash with Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in the first half, the 6ft2 defender barely put a foot wrong and impressed at Ibrox.

For someone who signed on a free he certainly marshalled the £30m man very well and deserves all the plaudits he’s currently receiving from Gers fans. Albeit there was one moment where he lost posession to the Frenchman and almost cost a goal in the second half.

We spoke pre-match about this being an opportunity for Jack to stem the tide of some over-zealous criticism for his early Gers performances and going by the fan response on Twitter, he’s certainly done that.

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Gers fans took to the social media platform to congratulate the defender for his role in the 4-1 demolition of our greatest rivals:

 

Rangers trounced Old Firm rivals Celtic 4-1 courtesy of a Kemar Roofe double, a powerful Alfredo Morelos effort and a late goal by Jermain Defoe.

The result was also the perfect opportunity for another under-fire Ibrox star to answer his critics with a Man of the Match performance in the game.

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