Exclusive: McNamara tips barely-seen Rangers giant to force way in Gerrard plans
Jackie McNamara insists that Rangers centre-back George Edmundson could force his way into the plans of Steven Gerrard after a rare runout in midweek.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Celtic and Scotland defender says that with the number of games coming up for the Gers, the 22-year-old could find himself picking up more regular action.
Edmundson, who signed from Oldham Athletic in the summer, made only his sixth start for the Glasgow giants against Hibernian in midweek, getting himself on the scoresheet with his first goal for the club.
With Filip Helander set to be out for another four weeks through injury, McNamara says that this could be the time for the 6ft 3in giant to really stake his claim for a regular spot among the senior side.
“He’s not had a lot of football at all, has he?” McNamara told Football Insider.
“He’s had to wait for the opportunities, he had a couple at the start and then his one the other night (v Hibernian). I think for him it’s more trying to get back in and trying to force a way into the team.
“I think that’s the telling point, the size of the squad they’ve got, with the European games coming up, there’s a lot of games to be played. He could do it.”
Edmundson has played a total of nine times since his move to Glasgow, playing the full 90 minutes just twice in the Premiership so far.
He featured 79 times for Oldham among the lower reaches of the English Football League, turning out in both League One and League Two for the north west outfit.
In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are working on a new contract deal at Ibrox.