George Edmundson may have already played his last game for Rangers as he struggles on loan at EFL Championship side Derby County.
Edmundson joined the Gers from English League Two outfit Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2019 for a fee in the region of £650,000 [Daily Mail].
The powerful 6ft 3″ centre-back made 15 first-team appearances in his first season, impressing at times and even scoring in a Europa League Last 16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox.
However, he slipped down the pecking order at the start of this season following the arrival of Leon Balogun and an SFA ban for breaching Covid regulations in November set him back further.
The 23-year-old was eventually sent out on loan on 1st February having only made two 2020/21 appearances in Light Blue.
Since arriving at Pride Park, Edmundson has turned out six times, with five of his outings coming from the start. He’s played both at centre-back and in a holding midfield role and has one goal to his name.
However, he hasn’t managed to establish himself in a Derby side scrapping to avoid Championship relegation.
Edmundson didn’t feature in four of the Rams’ last seven league matches and was an unused substitute for three of those.
When the Englishman headed out on loan, it was clear that he would need to produce outstanding displays to have a chance of getting back into Steven Gerrard’s plans at Ibrox.
He hasn’t managed to shine south of the border, though, and with time running out to impress, it’s looking increasingly like he’s played his last game for Rangers.
Gerrard currently has Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Leon Balogun and winter arrival Jack Simpson – who took Edmundson’s old shirt number – to choose from at centre-back, with Nikola Katic set to soon return from injury and the highly-rated Leon King also pushing for more opportunities, having made his senior debut earlier in the season.
Premier League clubs have recently been linked with Helander [Sport Bladet] but even if the Sweden international was to leave in the summer, it’s hard to see where Edmundson fits in either in the short or long-term.