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Ross Wilson reacts as Rangers confirm pre-contract signing of Jack Simpson

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Ross Wilson reacts as Rangers confirm pre-contract signing of Jack Simpson

Rangers have confirmed the pre-contract signing of Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson in a move that will see the Cherries centre-back move to Ibrox in the summer on a free transfer – and Ross Wilson has reacted on the club’s website.

Simpson, 24, has been strongly linked with a move to Rangers over the past couple of transfer windows and Steven Gerrard’s side have now taken advantage of the fact that he has entered the final six months of his Bournemouth contract.

That has allowed non-English sides to approach him, and Rangers have chosen to sign the defender for nothing – in a move that will see Simpson arrive at Ibrox in the summer. The Gers have already engineered a similar move for Scott Wright.


Sporting director Wilson commented on the signing of Simpson on the club’s website. He stated that Simpson – who has only played 35 games for Bournemouth at senior level – is a player that he and Gerrard have discussed frequently.

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“Jack is a player that Steven and I have discussed a number of times,” Wilson said. “Jack fits the profile that we are looking to add as we develop. His contractual situation at Bournemouth provided a natural and attractive moment for us to pursue.

“It has been well publicised that he has been a much-coveted player south of the border but from our first discussion with Jack, we could see how the opportunity to join Rangers was very appealing to him.”

TBR’s view – Plenty of competition at centre-back, now

Gerrard used a back four and that means only two centre-back slots are up for grabs, with Connor Goldson head and shoulders above the rest. He is first choice, and Gerrard continues to chop and change his options when partnering him.

Filip Helander impressed on Wednesday night, Leon Balogun has done well when given the chance since his move from Wigan. George Edmundson has been linked with the exit door due to a lack of game time and Nikola Katic is a long-term absentee.

Now, Simpson will take the total number of central defenders to six in the summer, when he eventually joins.

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