Rangers should not give up on trying to lure Simpson to Ibrox

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has told the Daily Echo that young defender Jack Simpson is unlikely to leave on loan this season despite the Daily Mail reporting earlier this month that a deal with Rangers had been agreed.

What’s the word?

Steven Gerrard made an early impression in the transfer market following his appointment as Rangers manager.

The former Liverpool captain recruited 11 new players, but it seems as though he is not ready to stop there.

It is believed that Gerrard wants to boost his defensive options, and earlier this month it was claimed by the Daily Mail that Bournemouth youngster Simpson had agreed to move to Ibrox on a temporary basis.

The 21-year-old has come through the ranks on the South Coast, and in total has made three appearances for the Cherries.

This week, Bournemouth manager Howe seemed to pour cold water on the deal, though, telling the Daily Echo that he does not envisage Simpson leaving in this window.

Why should Rangers persist?

Gerrard’s work with Liverpool’s Under-18s prior to getting the job at Rangers indicates that he knows how to spot a young talent.

Even though Simpson’s career is in its infancy, he could do with taking that next step up, and spending a season at Ibrox would certainly allow him to do exactly that.

The defender would have to compete with new signings Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic for a first-team spot, but he is more likely to get some minutes at Rangers than at Bournemouth this season.

If Howe can come round to the idea, then it could be a deal that will benefit everyone involved.