Former Rangers defender and now Fleetwood Town coach Clint Hill revealed that the League One club – managed by fellow ex-Ranger Joey Barton – “targeted” George Edmundson before the defender moved to Ibrox.
Hill – who was back at Ibrox for the recent Rangers Legends v Liverpool Legends match – praised the big defender and described him as a “hell of talent”.
But Hill acknowledged that whilst Fleetwood were interested in taking Edmundson from League Two Oldham Athletic, as was reported in the summer [Daily Mail], Rangers blew everyone else out of the water.
“Young Edmundson has come in from Oldham and he’s a hell of a talent. We looked at him,” said Hill [Herald].
“We watched him quite a lot. I’m at Fleetwood with Joe now and he was someone we targeted.
“Over a number of matches we looked at him and thought he had the ability to kick right on.
“Obviously, when Rangers come knocking on the door for a player, everyone else gets swept to the side.”
Edmundson – who was once compared to England international James Tarkowski [Daily Record] – has impressed for Rangers in the matches where he has come into the side.
Signed for a reported £650k in the summer, the big defender could go on to prove himself a real bargain if he can take his game to the next level at Ibrox.
That’s a possibility which Clint Hill sees as a very real one in the coming seasons.
“He’s a great size and yet he’s confident on the ball,” said Hill.
“He’s good in the air and also reads the game well. He has all of those fundamentals that you look for in a centre-half.
It’s up to him now to kick onto the next stage and the next level and I’m sure he will do when he is given the opportunities”.