Filip Helander’s injury woes, which are worse than initially feared, could lead to Rangers first-team opportunities for George Edmundson.

Steven Gerrard recently confirmed that far from being ready to return to playing, Sweden international Helander was still facing a ‘couple of weeks’ longer in his protective boot, with his rehab process yet to begin [Daily Record].

It’s a blow for the Gers to be without a player who made a strong impact over the first half of the season.

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Helander has been particularly impressive in the Europa League. (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

However, strength in depth should save the day, with the centre-back pairing of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic only letting through one goal in the final four games leading up to the winter break.

Meanwhile, Helander’s continued absence ensures that George Edmundson is set to be the next cab off the rank for the foreseeable future.

The 22-year-old was signed from Oldham Athletic in the summer on the back of his inclusion in the EFL League Two Team of the Season, but he’s found playing opportunities hard to come by.

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Overall, he’s mustered just seven appearances and a total of 374 minutes for his new club. Between late October and mid-December, he wasn’t even getting a place in the matchday squad.

 

Things could be about to change in 2020, though, especially as the Gers face lowly Stranraer in the Scottish Cup in their first competitive fixture of the year.

The Rangers Colts defeated the League One outfit in the Challenge Cup earlier in the season, and Steven Gerrard will mix things up for this one, with Connor Goldson one of several players likely to be saved for the return of the Premiership.

Edmundson will be eyeing up a start later in the week. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Edmundson will likely get 90 minutes alongside Nikola Katic on Friday night and if he does well there, there should be further opportunities for him during what is set to be a busy period.

For example, Rangers’ game in hand over Celtic against Ross County on 29th January is the fourth match in a 12-day period, and it’s conceivable that Edmundson could deputise for Katic for that midweek Ibrox clash.

We’ve already seen him deployed in a holding midfield role off the bench, too, so that’s another option that the manager could explore.

We’re sure the Englishman is taking no pleasure from seeing his teammate crocked, but there’s no doubt that it’s given his chances of playing time a significant boost.

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