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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has made contact with Bournemouth to express his interest in Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Ofoborh, Cherries counterpart Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo.

While Celtic’s expensively assembled squad continues to slip further and further away from a title race that is becoming more of a stroll, a runaway Rangers team made up of brilliant bargain signings look set to welcome two more cut-price talents to Ibrox.

The Sun reported last week that the Glasgow giants are in talks with Simpson and Ofoborh, with both the centre-back and the midfielder due to become free agents at the end of this season.

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Bournemouth will be powerless to prevent the highly-rated duo from departing unless they can agree fresh terms, although the Championship outfit will be due a compensation fee for Ofoborh given that the academy graduate is just 21.

“Obviously both players are out of contract at the end of the season. Stevie Gerrard did make contact with me a few days ago,” Tindall said, confirming Rangers’ interest in two of his players.

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“(Simpson and Ofoborh) are free to talk to teams due to their contract situation and Rangers are in a position to be able to do that now.

“Nothing has been finalised as yet in terms of ‘are they signed, or are they going to be signing there?’

“But they are in a position to talk to them – to see what the opportunities might be for them in the future at Rangers Football Club.” Ofoborh’s former teammate Jack Grimmer compared the 6ft 3ins powerhouse to Glen Kamara when speaking to the Sun and, like the Finland international, he could arrive at Ibrox for a fraction of his market value.

Simpson, meanwhile, nearly joined Rangers back in 2018 during Gerrard’s first transfer window at the helm (Record).

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