Rangers loanee George Edmundson made his debut for Derby County last night, playing more than 45 minutes for the Rams as they beat Wycombe 2-1 thanks to an injury-time winner; easing their relegation fears after a disappointing season so far.

Edmundson started the game on the bench as he was involved in a matchday squad for the first time since he was an unused substitute in Rangers’ 2-o win over Ross County in October.

The defender joined the Rams on loan on deadline day, moving to Pride Park for the rest of the season as Wayne Rooney added to his squad for the final months of the season.

Edmundson’s last action for Rangers came back in September, scoring an own goal as the Light Blues cruised to victory against Motherwell at Fir Park before falling out of favour at Ibrox.

His breach of Covid rules and subsequent seven-game ban done him no favours and the former Oldham star now has to show Steven Gerrard he is worth another opportunity.

After coming off the bench shortly before the break, replacing Matthew Clarke, Edmundson slotted into defence as Uche Ikpeazu’s 16th-minute own goal gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break.

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Former Hearts striker Ikpeazu then levelled things up from the spot three minutes after the restart following a foul on Josh Knight before both sides had chances to take the lead and snatch the three points – with Wycombe arguably the better of the two.

 

There was late drama though as Andre Wisdom netted a 94th-minute winner to seal the three points for Derby and send Rooney’s side up to 16th in the table.

With it being his first action since September though, he’ll need some time to get up to speed and show whether he is capable of challenging for a regular place in the Derby side.

There was interest from Rangers on both sides with pre-contract signing Nnamdi Ofoborh also starting among the substitutes for the Chairboys following his loan from Bournemouth.

The summer signing remained on the bench for the full game though as he could only watch on as a much-needed point slipped away in the dying seconds.

A survey of EFL fans has almost 70% of them expecting one Rangers loanee to make a ‘major impression’ before the end of the season

 

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