Rangers have high hopes for defender George Edmundson after being hugely encouraged by his development this season, Football Insider understands.

The 22-year-old has made just six appearances for the Glasgow giants and only four since the early Europa League qualifiers in July.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that, contrary to some claims, the club’s coaches are convinced Edmundson is developing extremely well behind the scenes.

They have been impressed by his application and attitude at their Auchenhowie training headquarters despite his difficulties in getting in the first XI.

Steven Gerrard and his coaches have earmarked a major role for the rest of the season for a player they regard as a “gem”.

Edmundson has not added to the single league start he made for Rangers in the 5-0 mauling of Hamilton last month, when he made a strong impression in central defence.

He has failed to even make the bench for the last four SPL games, with Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Nikola Katic ahead of him in the centre-back pecking order.

Sources say Edmundson’s place in the centre-back roster is a consequence not of his limitations but the authoritative performances of first-choice duo Goldson and Helander.

The senior central defenders have also proved unusually robust, with Goldson in particular barely missing a game in his 18 months at the club.

 

The expectation is that Edmundson will be given more game time either side of the new year as injuries and suspensions bite, and Gerrard has to make full use of his squad.

Edmundson 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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