There were a lot of questions marks hanging over Rangers prior to their Europa League second leg clash with SC Braga on Wednesday night, and understandably so.
Results have not been fantastic of late, and aside from the second half of the first leg against the Portuguese side last Thursday, performances have been largely lacking in quality too.
Concerns will only have been heightened by the mini-collapse against St. Johnstone at the weekend – a result that could leave the Gers title hopes in tatters – and in particular, the disastrous display from centre-back Nikola Katic.
The Croatian was largely to blame for St. Johnstone’s opener after hashing a clearance disastrously over his own head, and his performance aside from that howler did little to reassure fans either.
As such, it wasn’t too much of a shock to see him omitted from Steven Gerrard’s lineup in Portugal on Wednesday evening, with George Edmundson stepping into his shoes.
And if there were any doubts about who should be Gerrard’s go-to option from here on in, they were surely dispelled by the 22-year-old’s eye-catching outing.
Edmundson was imperious at the back, winning three aerial duels as well as registering one tackle, one interception, and a massive eight clearances, as per Whoscored.
This was a man of the match display, and as much as it will be Ryan Kent who grants the headlines for his cooly taken goal, it’s the centre-back who deserves not just the plaudits, but a run in the starting XI.
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