Rangers could be on the verge of netting a potential Premier League and international quality centre half, according to a former teammate.

Rangers have been linked with a move for Oldham youngster George Edmundson as the club look to strengthen at centre back.

And former Oldham star Lee Croft believes he can follow in the footsteps of Burnley defender James Tarkowski. Former Oldham star Tarkowski is a mainstay for Premier League Burnley and even earned two caps for England this season.

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Tarkowski came through the lower league’s to become an England international. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“I’d say he’s quite an old-fashioned type of centre half, he’s strong in the air, loves a tackle, but he’s came on a lot on the ball as well,” Croft told the Daily Record.

“He’s still only 21, which is young for centre backs, so there is a lot of potential there as well.


“I’d probably compare him with James Tarkowski, who came through at Oldham and is now a big player for Burnley in the Premier League and gone on to play for England.


“Like James, George has played a lot of games in the lower divisions and really learned the game in a tough environment.

“He can go all the way like Tarko.”

George Edmundson, 21, is highly rated by League Two Oldham.  (Photo by Eddie Garvey/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It’s not a bad comparison at all and will have Gers fans excited by the prospect. Rangers were linked to Edmundson last week and reportedly face plenty of Championship competition to sign the defender [Daily Mail].

If he’s anywhere near as successful as James Tarkowski at Burnley, Edmundson could prove a superb piece of business by Rangers.

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