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Opinion: Could bargain Rangers transfer deal deliver the Gers their best defender?

After a prolonged transfer chase int he summer, Glasgow Rangers landed highly-rated George Edmundson from Oldham.

The Manchester-born defender was named in the EFL League Two team of 2018–19, attracting visiting scouts.

Edmundson signed for Rangers in June 2019 and cost the Gers a lot less money than the other centre-backs already at the club.

Gerrard was convinced he possessed the ability and the credentials to grow in stature, play some first-team games and be a long-term success at Ibrox.

Edmundson initially appeared periodically at centre-half, competing with Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic before Rangers signed Sweden’s Filip Helander.

The Gers manager, who prefers playing with two centre backs, has only picked the 22-year-old five times this season – much less than any others.

However, despite one shaky performance during his Ibrox education, the coaching staff are still predicting great things from their centre-back.

He scored his first goal for Rangers during the 3-1 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox, in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Goldson and Edmundson were Gerrard’s starting centre backs in that last tie before UEFA and the SPFL stopped all football, due to the Coronavirus. 

Edmundson is willing to learn from experience, and looks more like a top quality defender now than the raw talent who arrived last year.

Of of the quartet of centre backs, Goldson has featured the most with 50 appearances across all competitions, while Helander was unfit for a while.

With Edmundson, I predict you’ll see an excellent, confident defender with a vital role to play within the next few years of his blossoming Rangers career. 

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