Steven Gerrard plans to hand George Edmundson an extended run in the Rangers team after being hugely encouraged by his display against Hibernian, Football Insider understands.
The 22-year-old made just his 10th appearances for the Glasgow giants on Wednesday night and only his second SPL start.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club’s coaches were hugely impressed by how Edmundson coped with a difficult occasion as he helped get the team’s season back on track.
The centre-back produced a resolute display alongside Connor Goldson in defence scored the equaliser with a superbly-taken volley as Rangers came from behind to beat Hibs 2-1.
The Rangers coaches were particularly encouraged by how Edmundson shone in the Ibrox spotlight following a run that threatened to destroy the team’s title hopes.
He has had to bide his time for his opportunity, but Felip Helander’s injury and Nikola Katic’s skittish performance against Aberdeen paved the way for a rare start.
Gerrard and his coaches are now preparing to give Edmundson a chance to establish himself in central defence.
They regard him highly and, in defensive terms, as something of an unpolished “gem”, according to one source.
Ex-Celtic defender Jackie McNamara was among those impressed with Edmundson’s performance last night.
He told Football Insider: “I thought he (Edmundson) took his goal well, good finish. Seeing clips of him he’s clearly backing himself and he looks a real good player.”
The authoritative performances of first-choice duo Goldson and Helander, and Katic, had limited his opportunities up until now.
Edmundson did not feature at all in the Europa League group stages and he has had only 194 minutes of SPL action.
He played 79 times for Oldham before his move north of the border during the summer window.
Peterborough United tried to entice the defender to League One with the promise of a regular starting role but he had his heart set on a move to Ibrox.
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