Alan Hutton has suggested that Filip Helander’s injury could be the opportunity Rangers teammate George Edmundson needs to cement his place in the starting XI.
Earlier this month manager Steven Gerrard confirmed that the Swedish defender would be out for another four to five weeks.
Since then, Edmundson has supplanted Croatian talent Nikola Katic in the first team, and Hutton believes that he could continue in that role in Helander’s absence.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Ibrox full-back said: “No one wants to see that, their teammate or anyone get injured, it’s disappointing for the player and the club but this is your opportunity.
“If you’ve been working hard in training, showing the manager you’re ready, an injury does come up – that’s your chance to get in, it’s about you grasping it with both hands.
“This is possibly his opportunity. He’s done well, come in, commanding, scored a goal, played well. Can he kick on? Can he go and play in four, five, six games in a row at a high level where if somebody like Helander comes back he’s like: ‘No, I’m in charge now, I’m playing.’”
Can Edmundson hold on to his place in Gerrard’s plans?
The Englishman has been impressive enough since coming into the side, and until he does something to prove otherwise, there’s no reason not to believe that the spot is his for the foreseeable future.
So far this season, Edmundson has averaged 5.66 interceptions, 5.82 defensive duels won, and 4.52 clearances per 90 minutes, as per Wyscout.
Those are solid numbers, and with Katic seemingly out of favour, Edmundson should have a good run at making that spot his own before Helander is even back to full fitness.
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