Jack Simpson‘s game-time at Rangers this season will be heavily reliant on how far the club can go in the Europa League.

That is according to ex-Rangers favourite Alan Hutton, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Simpson, 24, made his debut in Sunday’s victory over Dundee United.

Simpson was a 67th-minute substitute for Filip Helander as Rangers won 4-1 and took one more step towards the Scottish Premiership title.

It was his first Rangers appearance since signing from Bournemouth on deadline day on 1 February.

Hutton does not expect the centre-back to play regularly between now and the end of the season.

He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think the reason he came in January and the reason why Gerrard was so desperate to get him in was for that backline. He wanted him to hit the ground running and get familiar with the place.

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“Maybe next season he’ll look to bring him in more. I’ve always said I like the balance of a left-footer and a right-footer as a centre-back partnership.

“But from now until the end of the season, whether he’s going to get much game-time, I’m not so sure. I think that will depend on the European run.

“Obviously, if we look to the league, he might get the games there if it’s all sewn up. That will mean they can really concentrate on Europe if they can get that over the line as quickly as possible.

“Then Gerrard can focus his starting XI on European ties and then make changes at the weekend.”

Rangers progressed to the Europa League round-of-16 after a barnstorming 9-5 aggregate victory over Royal Antwerp.

Victory in the last-16 would secure Rangers’ best performance in the competition since the 2007-08 campaign when they were beaten in the final by Zenit.

In other news, Gers are set to pocket an £8million jackpot after their Europa League exploits last night.