Jack Simpson’s omission from Rangers’ UEL squad for the group stage is both unsurprising and frustrating, given the fact fans are still annoyed he was kept and Niko Katic now plays his stuff in Croatia.
Despite the ex-Bournemouth man’s curious priority in the squad over Niko, he was unable to get into Rangers’ Europa squad, with Stevie G opting instead for three CBs total.
What does this mean? Well, there is of course a limit in the squad numbers, which is compounded by the ‘home grown’ rule. Rangers have 23 men in their squad, and Simpson presumably didn’t fit into that, with the manager electing just 6 defenders, including fullbacks.
There is of course the B squad, in case of injury etc, but Simpson isn’t part of that either – excluded entirely from this squad, Simpson will play domestic football only, if he’s even prominent there.
All-in-all his involvement this season seems to be pretty limited – despite the main three defenders being part of the UEL, they will pretty much play all domestic games too aside the occasional cup match.
So Simpson over Katic makes all of no sense, really.
At least not to us.
Steven Gerrard, of course, is the manager, and there will be his reasons and his methods as to the choices he makes.
We can only really speculate.
But we’d definitely rather have Katic in the squad than a different country. Que sera.