Hutton: Simpson will be gutted after significant Rangers reveal
Alan Hutton has insisted Jack Simpson will be gutted after being left out of the Rangers Europa League squad.
The former Gers full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 24-year-old could not “throw his toys out the pram” after the news.
Rangers this week confirmed their squad list for their Europa League Group A fixtures against Lyon, Brondby and Sparta Prague.
However, Simpson was named as someone not currently in the player list.
Jermain Defoe, Brandon Barker and Nnamdi Ofoborh are also absent from the squad.
UEFA rules stipulate clubs must include eight players trained for three or more years in the country before 21.
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Rangers TV pundit Hutton claimed “disappointed” Simpson had an opportunity to work his way back into Gerrard’s plans.
“It will be tough to take, of course. It’s not ideal,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“Everybody wants to play in the European competitions, and he’ll be no different.
“The rules are in place around the eight home-grown players and unfortunately he doesn’t make it, so he’ll be very disappointed.
“Obviously, Helander could possibly be injured for the first games and now he can’t even come in and cover for him.
“It’s an opportunity to prove that he’s ready to fight by working hard instead of throwing his toys out of the pram.
“That’s how you can force your way back into the manager’s thinking for future games.”
Simpson joined the Gers in February this year but has made just eight appearances for the club.
The 24-year-old has played just once this season, in the Scottish League Cup victory over Dunfermline.