DEFENDER Jack Simpson admitted he had been flattered by interest from Scottish Premiership giants Rangers but had never let it affect his focus.

The 21-year-old was last month understood to have been a loan target for the Ibrox outfit, with manager Steven Gerrard keen to acquire the centre-half’s services.

But Cherries boss Eddie Howe said Simpson was “too important” to be loaned out and would not be going anywhere.

He helped the Dorset club reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, playing 90 minutes during a 3-2 home victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Asked what it was like to be perused by the 54-time Scottish champions, the youngster told the Daily Echo: “It was nice and I didn’t really expect it if I’m honest.

“It was a bit strange but it doesn’t really matter now because I’m here and I’m a Bournemouth player.

“I was aware of it but just got on with my training and if it happened, it happened.

“For me it was just important to make sure I developed as a player and it wasn’t really in my control.

“I am happy to be here and be a part of this squad because it’s not a big squad and there will be opportunities to play.”