Glasgow Rangers are back in action later today, facing the same opposition for the second time in the same week as they look to keep their trophy hunt on the right tracks at Ibrox.
Rangers face St Johnstone for the second time in a matter of days, with the Saints travelling to Ibrox for a Scottish Cup tie against Steven Gerrard’s side.
The Light Blues slipped to a 1-1 draw against Callum Davidson’s side at McDiarmid Park on Wednesday, with the hosts grabbing a deserved late equaliser from the penalty spot.
Gerrard will be looking to avoid a repeat of that scoreline at Ibrox on Sunday as they are looking to win the Scottish Cup for the first time since 2009.
In order to give his side the best chance of progressing to the semi-finals, the 40-year-old manager should axe Jack Simpson after his less than impressive performance in midweek.
The 24-year-old centre-back, who joined from Bournemouth in February, made his first start for the club at McDiarmid Park in midweek but struggled throughout and earned a shocking 5.98/10 rating for his performance from WhoScored.
The Englishman was regularly beaten by St Johnstone’s strikers in the air, struggling to cope with the aerial threat they possess, and Gerrard’s side should expect a similar bombardment at Ibrox on Sunday.
Simpson’s rash challenge inside the area also gifted the hosts a penalty in stoppage time, which Liam Craig duly tucked away to earn Davidson’s side a point, and perhaps emphasised that St Johnstone were right to target him throughout the match.
One of the defender’s former coaches Tim Davis was full of praise for Simpson after he earned an England U’21 call-up back in 2018, saying:
“He was a natural-born leader. As a kid, he wasn’t blessed with the most natural talent, like some are, but he had an amazing drive and determination.”
However, there was little evidence of that leadership in midweek, and whilst this was only his third appearance in a Rangers shirt, he has done little to win over fans so far and looked a bit of a liability at McDiarmid Park.
Therefore, Gerrard should relegate him to the bench and bring back either Filip Helander or Leon Balogun, who have both excelled alongside Conor Goldson at centre-back.