Former Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton believes Rangers midfielder George Edmundson will get a second chance with the Gers next season, after seeing several bids for the 23-year-old come in this summer.
Edmundson spent the second half of last season out on loan at Championship side Derby County, making 10 appearances for Wayne Rooney’s men and getting on the scoresheet against Huddersfield Town just weeks after he joined.
After impressing at Pride Park, the Rams are said to be one of the sides linked with the versatile 23-year-old, who can play in midfield and defence. However, it’s fellow second-tier side Peterborough United who have most recently launched an official bid, although Darren Ferguson saw that effort to recruit Edmundson knocked back by Steven Gerrard’s side.
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Pundit Hutton believes this rejection is a sign of things to come this summer, as Gerrard takes Edmundson under his wing this pre-season. In an interview with Football Insider, the 36-year-old said: “It looks like he’s going to be given another opportunity. I think the loan move was perfect for him.
“Get away, get out the spotlight after everything that happened and then concentrate on playing. He’s done well. There’s obviously been a lot of clubs, a lot of interest, through the hard work that he’s put in.
“Obviously Gerrard and the backroom staff would have been monitoring that, his progress down south. They may feel he’s ready to come back and try and fight for a spot at Rangers.
“This is a huge pre-season for him. I think he’ll want to do his best for Rangers and try and break into the team. It’s up to him now.
“His hard work got him another opportunity to shine. Gerrard’s given him that opportunity so it’s up to him.”
The 23-year-old was given a seven-game ban with Jordan Jones last November by the Scottish Football Association after breaching Covid-19 rules – but after his loan spell south of the border – this year might now be the time for Edmundson to make his mark.
If Hutton’s verdict is correct, he will be staying in Glasgow as the Scottish Premiership champions look to defend their title.
Although Edmundson may not be for sale, this won’t be the last you hear about him this summer. More bids are likely to come in for the wanted man over the next few months and if they receive a tempting bid, they may just accept it.
In his two-year spell since joining from Oldham Athletic, the 23-year-old has made just 17 appearances for Rangers and if they could cope without him last season, they can go on without him next year.
If he does stay at Ibrox, it will be fascinating to see if Edmundson gets more minutes or not. If he doesn’t, he could be looking at another exit in the winter window after joining Derby at the start of February this year.