Rangers first-team coach Michael Beale has bigged up a rarely seen summer signing, during an interview with RangersTV.

George Edmundson joined the Gers from Oldham Athletic in June after something of a protracted transfer saga.

The 22-year-old made it into the EFL League Two Team of the Year for his exploits across 2018/19, where he made 54 appearances for the Latics [Soccerbase].

Edmundson celebrates netting against Swindon Town. (Photo by Eddie Garvey/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

For the Gers, he made two starts in Europa League qualifying and one in the League Cup against East Fife, while he made his Scottish Premiership debut as a late substitute in the opening day win over Kilmarnock.

Rangers coach Beale says Edmundson will impress

Those four appearances have been his lot so far, but Beale thinks there’s plenty to come from the centre-back.

“George Edmundson is a young player that Rangers fans are going to be so pleased we have in the future,” he told RangersTV.
“Once he gets his chance, wow.”

“We’ve got four top centre-halves.”

The 6ft 3″ defender in action against St Joseph’s. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Verdict

Former Liverpool Academy coach Beale has clearly been impressed by what he’s seen from Edmundson in training.

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His only Rangers outings so far have come against relatively weak opposition. Yet, he did look the part in those matches.

A big physical presence, the Englishman appears to be an old-fashioned defender first and foremost, but one who isn’t scared of being on the ball.

His prospects of regular playing time aren’t great this season, though.

The exciting prospect has struggled for a spot in the squad at times with Nikola Katic, Connor Goldson and Filip Helander all featuring ahead of him.

He did return to the bench for the recent wins over Feyenoord and St Johnstone, though, so perhaps right now, the big man is just one injury away from a start.

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