Date: 31st January 2021 at 5:40pm
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The Daily Record’s Scott McDermott has revealed that he expects Rangers defender George Edmundson to leave the club on loan before the January transfer window closes on Monday evening. 

Steven Gerrard’s side have recently completed a deal to sign Jack Simpson from Championship side AFC Bournemouth, with the defender’s contract previously being set to expire in the summer of 2021.

This could potentially see Edmundson pushed further down the pecking order in Gerrard’s plans, although it remains to be seen as to what his plans for the 23-year-old are at this moment in time.

Edmundson has only made one appearance in all competitions this season, after being ruled out of action through injury and suspension in recent months.

Speaking on the Record Rangers Podcast (21:52), McDermott admitted that he expects Edmundson to head out on loan for the remainder of the season, with his game time potentially being restricted due to Simpson’s arrival.

“I would expect Edmundson to go out on loan before the window shuts on Monday. I know he’s coming back from an injury but I think they’ll try and get him out to get games between now and the end of the season.

“He’s still a young player, he’s picked up an injury but he’s a young guy that Rangers put a bit of faith in and saw the potential in him. So, I’d be surprised if they discarded him so quickly and so easily.”

Rangers are set to return to action on Wednesday, when they take on St Johnstone at Ibrox, as they look to extend their advantage over Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

TIF Thoughts on Scott McDermott’s prediction that Edmundson will head out on loan for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign….

It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Rangers looking a potentially moving Edmundson on for the remainder of this year’s campaign on loan, as he won’t be getting near the starting XI for Steven Gerrard’s side.

The young defender is likely to be considerably far down the pecking order at this moment in time, and given that he’s still only 23, it would make sense for both parties if he gained minutes elsewhere this term. If he can find regular game time to further his development out on loan, then we could potentially see him challenging for a first-team spot at Ibrox in future seasons.

I’d expect to see Simpson move ahead of Edmondson in Gerrard’s immediate plans, but that isn’t to say that the Rangers academy graduate can’t flourish in future seasons with the Scottish giants.