Journalist Ben Wild has been discussing the future of Rangers defender George Edmundson following recent reports.
Last season wasn’t the greatest for the 23-year-old defender. Off the pitch, he was suspended for seven games due to breaching the league’s protocols, whilst on it, he was barely used by Steven Gerrard before being sent on loan to Derby County where he wasn’t a regular there either.
However, it looks as if he has earned himself a shot at redemption at the club, with a report from The Daily Record claiming that he will not be sold despite interest from English Championship side Peterborough United.
And speaking on a live video for Football Insider, Wild felt that Rangers might be making the wrong decision in allowing him to stay, saying that it could have a negative impact on the squad, but did hint that there could be some ulterior motive behind the decision:
“I can’t stand up and say that’s a good move by the club to keep him around, because I think if they do keep him around with the view to play him, someone else is either going to have to be shipped off, or is going to suffer in their development as a result because they’re not going to get that game time.
“So it’s definitely one to watch and I do wonder if Rangers might just be saying he’s not for sale to see if they can get a little bit more money for a man they might actually just want to get rid of.”
TIF Thoughts on Ben Wild’s comments about George Edmundson…
Does George Edmundson have a future at Rangers?
It’s perhaps a little bit too early to be making a call on this move, as this could simply be Rangers biding their time as we head into pre-season where he could get a chance to prove himself. Once Gerrard gets a proper look at him against the rest of the squad and sees how he developed on loan, if at all, then that could be a better chance to talk about his future.
And if it is such a situation that Peterborough United want to come in for him, then as Wild says, telling them that he’s not for sale might be a good way to get a few extra pounds out of the deal if they so desire.
Overall, Rangers are doing the right thing by not being too hasty in letting him out the door just yet, in our view.