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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers defender George Edmundson is facing an “extremely difficult” challenge during his loan spell with Derby.
The Bears outcast has struggled to break through this season, with his breach of COVID-19 protocols certainly not helping.
McLeish has admitted that if Edmundson impressing in the rough and tough of the Championship, he certainly has a future ahead of him at Ibrox.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “The Championship is a challenge, I’ll tell you what.
“It’s extremely difficult. You’ll see a team who have amassed a lot of points and maybe fighting for the play-offs or the top-two positions losing to a team who are at the bottom.
“It’s a massive challenge, and if he can master the challenge of the Championship then I think it sets you up for anything.
“There are a lot of players who can’t handle the Celtic and Rangers dilemma of playing for the massive expectations of those clubs, and if Edmundson shows himself up to be a top player in the Championship, then there’s no reason why he can’t join the squad again.”
Edmundson couldn’t have wished for a worst start in Glasgow.
The 23-year-old has only completed 16 minutes of action in the Europa League, with his only other competitive outing coming in Europa League qualifying against Lincoln Red Imps.
Rangers have plenty of options in defence, and that only increased in January.
Jack Simpson arrived from Bournemouth, and he joins Conor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Filip Helander and the injured Nikola Katic.
Given Edmundson’s loan move, he is at the bottom of that very-long pile, and this could be his final chance to change that going into next season.
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