Alan Hutton was left head over heels with the performance of Rangers defender George Edmundson in the club’s win over Braga.
The former Gers full-back and boyhood fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 22-year-old took his chance “with both hands” after replacing Nikola Katic in the starting XI.
Edmundson lined up alongside Connor Goldson at the heart of the defence, keeping the Portuguese side at bay on the way to a 1-0 win in Portugal.
Hutton insists that it was a massive call for Gerrard to throw the former Oldham star into the starting XI but one which resulted in a fantastic performance.
Hutton told Football Insider: “Brilliant display, I think overall the defence, the shape and everything was amazing but rightly so to pick him out.
“He’s had to bide his time, he’s had to sit and wait for the opportunity, Katic was really disappointing at the weekend and it looked as though Gerrard might make a change, which he did.
“It was a massive night for him, his first game in the European competition, it’s a massive step up to what you’re used to and the only way you can get experience is by playing these games and I think he really took it on board, he took his chance with both hands.
“Gerrard’s made the decision to make a change, it’s worked wonders.”
Edmundson was making just his eighth start for the club on Wednesday evening, with a total of 11 appearances under his belt.
Up next for the Gers is a Scottish Cup quarter-final against Hearts on Saturday afternoon.
In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that Leeds United have set their sights on signing two players at Ibrox.