Frozen-out Rangers star Jack Simpson is set to be offered an Ibrox reprieve amid claims English Championship side Middlesbrough are readying a January swoop.

Ex-Bournemouth centre-back Simpson was initially signed on loan by Steven Gerrard last January before signing a four year contract at Ibrox in the summer.

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But the 25-year-old defender has struggled to break into the Gers side this season even amid injury problems to the likes of Leon Balogun and Filip Helander.

This has led to much conjecture surrounding the future of Jack Simpson in this window and according to the Scottish Sun, Middlesbrough now top the list for his signature.

The report claims that ex-Sheffield United and Premier League boss Chris Wilder – now at the Riverside – is a keen “admirer” of the former England U21 star.

Jack Simpson will also be free to leave Rangers on the right deal for all parties with Middlesbrough said to be considering a loan move.

Jack Simpson Middlesbrough exit talk comes as Rangers target two defenders

Exit talk surrounding Jack Simpson also comes at a time when Rangers appear to be actively trying to strengthen the centre-back area.

A high-profile move for Hearts and Scotland centre-back John Souttar continues to be mooted amid claims the Jambos star wants any deal concluded this month.

Souttar, 25, has been one of the Scottish Premiership’s top performers this season and his contract is currently set to expire come the end of the season.

Another player being extensively linked to Ibrox is Dutch centre-back Danilho Doekhi, who is currently the captain of Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem.

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Similarly to John Souttar, Doekhi’s contract is set to expire in the summer with reports suggesting Rangers may have to pay £2m to sign the 23-year-old this month.

Whatever the case, it certainly signals bad news for Jack Simpson and let’s hope the Rangers star can get the right move – Middlesbrough or otherwise – to get his career back on track.

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