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.
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.
Gers fans took to the social media platform to congratulate the defender for his role in the 4-1 demolition of our greatest rivals:
Jack Simpson was superb today
— ⓌⓈ (@W_S_40) May 2, 2021
Massive shout-out to Jack Simpson btw no played much.. starting only his second game, was booked awfully in the 13th minute yet came out here and put in that strong performance
Well in big man 👊
— CJ (@cjnovo992) May 2, 2021
By the way Jack Simpson hasn’t put a foot wrong today. Proving a few people wrong, well done lad!
— Bairdric (@Bairdric1) May 2, 2021
Have to say.
I thought Jack Simpson showed real promise today.
Not really been impressed with what I'd seen so far but he done really well today.
— Amato86 (@Amato861) May 2, 2021
Simpson was a worry before kick off, unfairly booked. Thought he did very well. Anybody slagging him is needing their head checked. A very able replacement, but not a patch on Helander. But did very well today.
— Billy. 🃏🍾 (@TheQuietKid18) May 2, 2021
Walsh books Simpson for having the audacity to challenge Edouard. Absolutely shocking decision.
— Heart & Hand Podcast (@ibroxrocks) May 2, 2021
Jack Simpson not so bad after all then. 😎💙🇬🇧
— TOM MCCARTNEY (@TOM_MCCARTNEY7) May 2, 2021
Well played Jack Simpson.
Well Played Lad 👏👏👏👏
— Scottie (@fonics7) May 2, 2021
Tell you something else, for his first Old Firm game, Jack Simpson done really well
— Kevin Edward Grant Wakeham (@KEGW1995) May 2, 2021
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.