Rangers defender George Edmundson could be in line to feature more regularly after his crucial midweek intervention – which may spell bad news for one of his centre-back team-mates.
Football Insider claimed that Light Blues manager Steven Gerrard plans to give the 22-year-old an extended run in the team after he scored his first goal for the club in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Hibernian.
According to Football Insider, Gerrard and his coaching staff were impressed by the centre-back’s overall performance on his first Premiership start since October, with the player regarded as a “gem” by one source at Ibrox.
Edmundson came to Rangers from Oldham last June but has largely had to be patient for first team opportunities at Ibrox. Wednesday’s match against Hibernian, which the best betting sites in UK had Gers rightfully as strong favourites for, was just his second league start of the season and, prior to that game, he had played only a single minute of top-flight football in four months (as per TransferMarkt).
The 22-year-old has usually had to play second fiddle to Connor Goldson, Gerrard’s most-used player this season, and Nikola Katic in the battle for the two centre-back berths at Rangers. However, the Croatian was dropped in favour of Edmundson for the midweek clash off the back of a shaky performance against Aberdeen in which he was caught in possession by Sam Cosgrove on the halfway line, only for the Dons man to fluff the subsequent chance (as per Sky Sports). Katic was pilloried by a number of ‘Gers fans after the game over that mistake and the Ibrox Noise player ratings gave him a lowly five, saying that he “doesn’t look right” and had “another poor display”.
By contrast, Edmundson’s performance against Hibernian on Wednesday was lauded by a few reporters afterwards. Glasgow Times writer Matthew Lindsay felt that he “did his cause no harm at all with a confident showing”, while James Black of Rangers News praised his “decent performance” and Abhinab Ghosh of The 4th Official said he was “a constant nuisance for the opposition”.
With Filip Helander ruled out until at least early March with a foot injury (as per Daily Record), Gerrard is down to three senior centre-backs, which had already improved Edmundson’s chances of getting game-time. Now, his bold call to drop the recently shaky Katic and bring in the Englishman was rewarded with the latter scoring against Hibernian and producing a convincing display overall.
Gerrard’s hint that Edmundson could enjoy an extended run of games in the side shows that he is willing to give players a chance when he feels they deserve it and not indulge first team regulars whose form wanes noticeably. Only a few weeks after the high of scoring the winner against Celtic, Katic could soon find himself struggling to get into the team if he is eclipsed by his younger centre-back colleague.
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