As Rangers secured the signing of midfielder John Lundstram it had plenty applauding the club’s pull and ability to get big deals over the line.
The box-to-box midfielder joins the ranks at Ibrox after his contract expired with Sheffield United following two years of playing at the highest level in the Premier League.
Our New Number 4 John Lundstram ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/JpxIZcd0uV
— Jack Paton 🇺🇦 (@JackPaton98) July 5, 2021
But what does the player’s choice of number say about the future of an Ibrox fringe star whose future currently remains uncertain?
Lundstram will be given the number 4 heading into next season with that same digit simultaneously being taken off centre-back George Edmundson.
This is the number which George wore prior to his loan switch with Derby County, after which this transferred to Jack Simpson.
Both players form part of a major defensive headache for manager Steven Gerrard who has an extensive and unwieldly number of centre-backs at the club.
Gerrard himself has previously claimed that there will not be six centre-halves at the club come the end of the transfer window.
Steven Gerrard confirmed that Niko Katic won’t feature this season due to the knee injury he sustained in pre-season.
He also spoke about Jack Simpson and what his arrival means for the centre-back department, as he could have six options to choose from in the summer. pic.twitter.com/mwV5dfrvwy
— Jordan Campbell (@JordanC1107) February 2, 2021
“We have six centre backs at the moment but that won’t be the case in the summer,” said Gerrard.
Simpson joins on a full-time deal this summer, whilst senior centre-halves Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Leon Balogun are likely to make up the core four players in the squad.
Nikola Katic is recovering from a serious cruciate ligament injury which made him miss the entirety of the last campaign – something he is “desperate” to put right.
That leaves Edmundson as potentially the sixth choice centre-half with Rangers reportedly rejecting a number of bids for the player only a fortnight ago.
Unless there are any new defensive arrivals then it stands to reason that these two players are on the fringes of the first team.
But does the fact John Lundstram has been handed the number 4 shirt despite Edmundson returning to Ibrox suggest his days are numbered?
Well, given Edmundson started the 1-0 win over Partick Thistle there still appears room for him to impress but it was one Ibrox midfielder who stole the glances of Gers fans.