Last month, Rangers announced the signing of George Edmundson from Oldham Athletic.

It brought to an end a protracted transfer saga, with multiple other clubs said to be interested in his services.

The Gers fought tooth and nail to get their man for a reported £700,000 [BBC Sport]. However, he could soon be in for a shock to the system.

Edmundson came to Rangers’ attention on the back of strong performances for former club, Oldham Athletic.

Edmundson celebrates after netting one of two EFL League Two goals last season. (Photo by Eddie Garvey/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He turned out a remarkable 54 times for them in all competitions last season [Soccerbase]. Yet, he’s simply not going to be playing week in, week out this term.

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In fact, he may be lucky if he even gets a look in every now and then.

 

That’s because the Gers are looking increasingly well-stocked at the back. The current first-choice defensive pairing, as shown by Gerrard’s selection against St Joseph’s, is Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic.

Over the last couple of days, though, there’s been bad news for the latter. According to reports, Sweden international Filip Helander, is on his way to Ibrox in a multi-million-pound deal [Daily Record]. One thing’s for sure, the Gers wouldn’t be spending that sort of money for a player who’s going to come in and warm the bench. He’s seen as a potential starter.

Helander is expected to complete a transfer from Bologna soon. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In that case, Katic would drop to sub and Edmundson would be fighting to even get a place in matchday squads.

Obviously, injuries and suspensions will strike at times throughout the season. In those instances, Edmundson will be called upon.

Yet, as we embark upon this campaign, his chances of regular football do look slim. Having been a near ever-present with the Latics last season, that’ll surely be a shock to the system.

It won’t be easy to cope with, but it’s essential that as a young player, he gets his head down in training. If he works hard and brings his game up a notch, he could soon see himself rise up the Ibrox pecking order.

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