By Alan Hutton

1st Dec, 2020 | 6:40pm

Pundit Exclusive: £600K Rangers player 'Kicking himself' after huge Ibrox news

George Edmundson “will be kicking himself” after Rangers confirmed defender Filip Helander had been forced into self-isolation.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested the 23-year-old would have been given the chance to impress had he not been suspended for breaching Covid protocols.

Rangers revealed on Sunday that Helander had returned a positive Coronavirus test and would self isolate in line with government guidelines in Scotland.

Edmundson, who is one of three other fit senior centre-backs at Ibrox, is currently serving a seven-game ban from the SFA after being caught at a party with fellow Rangers player Jordan Jones during lockdown.

With Helander out, Nikola Katic and Edmundson suspended, Steven Gerrard started Connor Goldson and Calvin Bassey at the heart of the defence against Falkirk, with Leon Balogun on the bench.

Hutton admitted that opportunities to play will be limited this season and that Edmundson will be ruing what could have been an opportunity to get some game time.

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Asked Hutton told Football Insider: “These opportunities only come up now and then, especially when a team’s on great form and playing well.

“He will be kicking himself, that would have been an opportunity for him to get in and play and get minutes. When you look at their Europa games also, if they win their next one, they’ve qualified so you could be playing in the last game.

“These are all opportunities that have come up that he may not be able to take so it’s a shame for him but look, he has to learn from this mistake and I’m sure he will, he’s still young, he’s been given trouble for it and it’s about him putting in the hard work now.”

Edmundson, who signed from Oldham Athletic last year for an initial £600,000, has played just once for Rangers this season.

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