By Alan Hutton

8th Dec, 2021 | 1:30pm

Simpson already fighting for Rangers future due to rising star - Hutton

Alan Hutton has insisted Jack Simpson is fighting for his future at Rangers after Calvin Bassey’s emergence at centre-back.

The former Gers full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted Simpson, 24, had enough opportunities to impress before being leapfrogged in the pecking order by Bassey.

The 21-year-old has played every single minute since Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s arrival, filling in at the heart of the defence.

Meanwhile, Simpson is yet to get his first taste of action under the new manager, despite Filip Helander’s and Leon Balogun’s respective injuries.

With Bassey, who played at left-back under Steven Gerrard, seemingly preferred as a centre-back by Van Bronckhorst, Hutton admitted Simpson’s future looks bleak.

Discussing Simpson’s situation at Ibrox, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s an interesting one isn’t it?

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“We can’t sit here and say that he’s not had enough opportunities or he’s not had game time. Simpson has come in.

“It has been difficult, probably, for him because he’s been a little bit in and out. Calvin Bassey’s come in, rolled his sleeves up got on with it and worked hard.

“He deserves to keep his position. He looks like a guy who doesn’t care where he plays. He just wants to play football.

“When you’re putting in performances and are defensively sound, the manager’s going to trust you. He’s going to keep you in there.

“There’s not any real reason to change it. It’s going to be a real fight for Simpson to get back in this team because defensively, they are looking decent.”

Simpson joined Rangers from Bournemouth back in February of this year.

He has played a total of 11 times since his move to Glasgow.

In other news, Hutton suggests another Gerrard signing struggling at Auchenhowie after major “setback”.