New Stevie G signing means someone gets axed…

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 12: Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

In Steven Gerrard’s second season Rangers secured Oldham man George Edmundson at age 21, as squad depth and ‘one for the future’.

At his age he wasn’t seen as ready for the first team and the likes of Niko Katic, Connor Goldson and Filip Helander were always ahead of him.

In truth, squad depth is all he remained despite being reasonably impressive during his cameos.

And then with the covid shambles his credibility as a person/player took a massive knock not to mention compounding it with surgery that will keep him out till middle-late February.

Rangers recently secured Jack Simpson, aged 24 – if anyone thinks he’s ‘one for the future’ at that age, they’re very, very wrong.

Jack Simpson has been signed as a serious alpha defender to compete with Connor Goldson and Filip Helander for the jersey.

Of course, there’s a few caveats and we’ll cover them now.

1: Goldson is and will always be number one defender. If fit, he plays. He’s barely missed a single match under Stevie. So the competition is to be his partner.

2: Niko Katic’s career/return is a question right now – no sign of his return, approaching February, we wonder if this signing is with his fitness in mind too.

3: Leon Balogun’s fitness is also an issue of contention. Rangers need reliable defenders who don’t get injured all the time. Goldson is amazingly durable, but he’s the only one. Balogun has missed quite a few matches through knocks.

Conclusion? Goldson can be relied on, but Helander, Balogun, Edmundson and Katic all have fitness issues and remaining durable. This is a signing of a fit and strong young man who’s barely missed any matches and is ready to make the step up in football, already being a decent regular this season for the Cherries in the Championship.

We can’t be sure beyond conjecture but there’s no way on earth Rangers are accommodating 6 defenders any time soon.

Someone, perhaps two, will have to be cut loose.

And Simpson is going to be a major player for this club.

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  1. From what I’ve heard he seems a very solid player but you’re 100% right. No chance we’re keeping 6 CBS. The Fridge is most likely to depart for me. Least amount of game time and also lost the trust of his manager. Seems like Gerrard was just being kind when he said both him and Jones we’re back in and about the squad.

  2. Just a few words on Jack Simpson. A mate of mine is an ex pro and a Bournemouth fan tells me that he’s not a big fan of Simpson but concedes that he is still relatively young and inexperienced. He said he prefers him at left back. It concerns me that he’s not established himself at the age of 24, even at Championship level. Time will tell but I hope he’s wrong.

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