Simpson confirmed in the paper that the Rams had the teenager watched in every game he was involved with for loan side Rotherham, but has explained he will initially be kept in the Derby under-21 ranks.
“At the moment, he will be involved in the under-21 game at Newcastle on Wednesday and we will see how he has developed, how he has improved by being involved in first-team football,” said Simpson.
“Whether he gets an opportunity remains to be seen.”
Some supporters may want to see the club’s best young prospects thrown into side, but it’s understandable why he may be left in the youth ranks, despite injuries to other key defenders.
The pressure over Derby at the moment is severe and considering the Rams are far from safe in the play-off positions, manager Steve McClaren may prefer more experienced options.
Rawson would have definitely benefited from playing in a side, which has been under pressure at the other end of the table, but he needs to show he’s improved as a player to force his way into the Derby first team.
If he has improved in key areas then it should tell in the game against Newcastle. He should be sharp and he should be a bit quicker to the ball than the Newcastle attacking players.
All he can do is play positively in any game at any level he’s used for, but he’s definitely someone Derby fans should be expecting to see more of, even if he’s forced to wait for a chance until next season.