Alan Hutton has tipped Rangers defender George Edmundson to play a big role and cement his place in the starting XI after Filip Helander’s injury setback.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland full-back says that the 26-year-old’s absence has a silver lining in the shape of his 22-year-old teammate.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard confirmed early in February that the Swedish international would spend another four to five weeks on the sidelines, having been missing since the start of December with a foot injury.
🎙️ SG: James (Tavernier) is available and a lot more ready than the weekend, Greg Stewart is back available and Alfredo has had 90 minutes under his belt. Ryan Jack won't be long but has no chance for tomorrow. Helander, hopefully, will return in around 4/5 weeks.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 4, 2020
Having seen Edmundson start the last two games for the Light Blues, Hutton says that there is no guarantee Helander will be returning the the side when he is fit and available.
Asked if Helander’s absence was a big blow for Gerrard, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, no one wants to see that, their teammate or anyone get injured, it’s disappointing for the player and the club but this is your opportunity.
“If you’ve been working hard in training, showing the manager you’re ready, an injury does come up – that’s your chance to get in, it’s about you grasping it with both hands.
“This is possibly his opportunity. He’s done well, come in, commanding, scored a goal, played well. Can he kick on? Can he go and play in four, five, six games in a row at a high level where if somebody like Helander comes back he’s like: ‘No, I’m in charge now, I’m playing.'”
Edmundson, who arrived at the club from Oldham Athletic in the summer, has played just 10 times for the Light Blues to date, with two of those outings coming as starts in the Premiership.
Helander meanwhile featured 17 times before his setback, including turning out in all but one of their Europa League group games.
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