Alan Hutton has been left raving over the performance of Rangers defender George Edmundson after his first league start against Hamilton Academical.
The former Gers defender and boyhood fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the 22-year-old has got a fierce battle on his hands to stay in the starting XI but that he has given manager Steven Gerrard serious food for thought.
Edmundson had only featured for 15 minutes in two substitute appearances prior to Sunday’s game, playing the full 90 in the 5-0 win at Ibrox.
With the likes of Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Nikola Katic Gerrard’s ahead of the former Oldham man in the manager’s pecking order, Hutton insists that there is now going to be a fierce fight between the quarter for a place in the starting XI after the youngster’s impressive display.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I thought he was very good. Obviously he’s had to watch on from the sides a lot with Katic and Goldson being the main pairing and Helander also coming in and playing, which was a big-money move for Rangers.
“He’s had to bide his time which he has done, he’s obviously learned and worked hard and Gerrard seemed it was fit for him to go on at the weekend. He’s repaid him with a great performance and I’m only hearing good things about him.
“He’s quick, strong, good with the ball – he’s laying down a marker and putting his name forward for the spot week in, week out.”
Edmundson has a total of just six appearances from a possible 20 across all competitions for Rangers this season, with four of those coming in the starting XI.
He played 79 times for Oldham before his move north of the border with experience in England’s third, fourth and fifth tiers.