Alan Hutton has backed George Edmundson to leave Rangers on loan this month after surgery threatened a potential move.
The former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has insisted there should be plenty of time for the centre-back to recover from a hernia operation and play again this season.
As revealed by Football Insider in December, a number of Championship and League One clubs were interested in taking Edmundson on loan after Rangers gave a temporary move the green light.
However, as detailed by this site, the Gers’ hopes of finding a suitor have taken a blow after the 23-year-old went under the knife for a hernia problem.
Steven Gerrard has since confirmed the defender will be out of action for up to a month, throwing any prospective move up in the air.
However, Hutton has delivered his first-hand experience of hernia problems and insisted a club should take a “risk” on Edmundson to get him some much-needed game time.
“Look, he’s just not had a good time of it, has he, with all the Covid issues and now injury, it’s just not went to plan,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“He’s still a young boy, he’s got time on his hands, but you’re right, he needs to get out and he needs to play football. The thing with hernia operations is I’ve been through it myself and I was back in 14 days from having the operation.
“So it can still be done this month. Yes, it’s a risk taking on loan an injured player because, whatever team you go to, they want you to hit the ground running and play right away.
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“There’s definitely a good player in there so hopefully he can get over it and it works out he can get a move because he needs to play games. I think he is a very good player, he just needs to get his head down and work hard and get the minutes.”
Edmundson, who was suspended for seven games after breaching social distancing protocols earlier this season, has played just once for Rangers this season.