Rangers’ last-gasp signing of Leon Balogun last summer raised some eyebrows at the time but the Nigerian’s form – and the likelihood of his Gers contract being extended – will be the final nail in the Ibrox career of George Edmundson.
Balogun was brought to Ibrox on a one-year deal after Niko Katic’s injury ruled the Croatian out long-term and the former Wigan star has made himself one of the first names on Steven Gerrard’s team-sheet.
The Gers have an option to extend Balogun’s deal, which is almost certain to be taken up, and will leave the Light Blues with five centre-backs going into next season.
Assuming nobody else is sold, that will leave the Gers with a surplus and Gerrard has spoken recently about the need to trim his squad with a number of first-team squad members getting nowhere near the side.
Edmundson’s jacket is already on a shoogly peg after his Covid breach and subsequent suspension and the fact that Balogun has looked so comfortable won’t do him any favours.
To make things worse, Niko Katic has used his time out injured to utterly transform his body and the Croatian is looking in incredible shape ahead of his eventual return to action.
With Connor Goldson ad Fil Helander also there, Edmundson would find it very hard to get minutes even if he hadn’t gone out and got himself a fine for breaching Covid guidelines.
Adding Balogun into the mix with an extended contract, Edmundson will – at best – be fifth choice and with Gerrard saying he wants four central defenders, the writing looks to be on the wall for the former Oldham star.
Whilst the Rangers boss admitted there may be deals sending fringe players out on loan, the Gers boss was to the point when asked about the future of his key players.