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Steven Gerrard reacts to Rangers’ links with Championship duo

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has refused to comment directly on links with Bournemouth duo Jack Simpson and Nnambi Ofoborh.

It is thought that the Scottish giants are in talks with Bournmouth about deals for the duo, although Championship club Cardiff have had an offer accepted by the Cherries for Simpson.

Now it seems as though Gerrard will not be drawn on the speculation linking the pair with a move to Ibrox, amid growing speculation surrounding the Scottish league leaders.

Speaking about that reported interest in Simpson and Ofoborh, Gerrard was quoted by The Glasgow Times as saying: “In terms of the two [Bournemouth] names, they are two of maybe 20 or 30 names thrown at me and us this week.

“There’s not really much to add to it. We won’t speak about any player who belongs to any other club.”

Despite that, it does seem as though Gerrard is still keen to get some business done in terms of player recruitment this month, as he went on to add: “But I’ll repeat what I’ve always said – we are actively always trying to improve the group. We are always having recruitment meetings, trying to stay on the front foot.

“We are not just trying to think about the now – we think about the short, medium and long term in improving the group.

“So we are active, we are making inroads with certain clubs and certain players. But I don’t want to disrespect any club and name any names.”

Simpson has made a total of 35 appearances in all competitions for Bournemouth, scoring once, while Ofoborh has five Cherries appearances to his name, having helped Wycombe to promotion from League One during a loan spell last season.

Both players are set to see their contract at The Vitality Stadium expire at the end of this season.

The Verdict

This is certainly an interesting one to keep an eye on.

Given Gerrard’s desire to bring some more players into his squad this month, and the links there are with the Bournemouth duo, it may not be a surprise if they were to make the move to Rangers this month.

When you consider the fact that Bournemouth are seemingly open to let Simpson in particular go, and that this could be their last chance to receive a fee for them given their contract situations, this could be an agreement that works well for both parties.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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