Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is set to make young centre back George Edmundson a central part of his plans, according to Football Insider.

The outlet claims that the 22-year-old is likely to be handed an extended run of starts after his fine outing against Hibernian on Wednesday night.

Edmundson came in for Nikola Katic at the heart of the defence against Hibs, and scored in the hosts’ 2-1 win at Ibrox.

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It’s thought that Gerrard and his coaching staff were left blown away by the display Edmundson put in alongside Connor Goldson.

The youngster has had to be patient this campaign, but Katic’s poor form and Felip Helander’s injury saw him thrust into the spotlight on Wednesday.

The fact that he rose to the occasion – and even got on the scoresheet – has seemingly done enough to keep him in Gerrard’s starting XI moving forward.

The Gers boss is said to rate the Englishman highly, and is happy to continue with him and Goldson at the centre of the backline.

Can Edmundson be a key man down the stretch this season?

If Wednesday night is any indication then yes he can, absolutely. He looked assured and completely at his ease against solid opposition in an important bounce-back game for the club.

As mentioned, Helander is still out injured, while Katic has been rather up and down of late. That leaves the former Oldham Athletic man with a real chance to assert himself alongside Goldson.

If he can do that, and do it well, then it could prove to be the making of his career at Ibrox. That will be a hugely exciting thought for him.

There’s still a significant gap to be closed to Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, but if Edmundson can help shore up the Gers defence then he could make a big impact.

In other Rangers news, former Ibrox favourite Alan Hutton has been raging over something he saw during Wednesday’s game.

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