By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

26th Jun, 2021 | 6:10pm

Alex McLeish: George Edmundson under scrutiny next season - Exclusive

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Alex McLeish has insisted that George Edmundson will be under scrutiny at Rangers next season as he is given a second chance.

The defender has interested plenty of English clubs after his loan spell at Derby, but they have been told he isn’t for sale.

McLeish believes that Steven Gerrard has the “golden eye” and will be keeping a close watch on his progress this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He’s got the golden eye.

“Gerrard should be able to see what these guys are capable of, he has been watching the Liverpool academy and got his training from there.

“Everyone will be intrigued about putting George Edmundson under scrutiny now, just to see how good he really is.”

Golden.

Jack Simpson didn’t have the best of starts to life at Ibrox after arriving from Bournemouth last season, and that could have sparked a rethink.

Leon Balogun and Filip Helander both suffered from long-standing injuries towards the end of the campaign, and more competition may be needed.

Gerrard will have thought long and hard about this move, especially after he was let down by Edmundson during the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

There will be plenty of competition for places at Ibrox, and that could lead to a higher level of performance, something that will only benefit the squad.

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