Lee Croft compares Rangers-linked George Edmundson to James Tarkowski

Lee Croft of Oldham Athletic and Leighton Baines of Everton

Rangers are reportedly keen on luring George Edmundson to Ibrox this summer.

Lee Croft of Oldham Athletic and Leighton Baines of Everton

Former Oldham Athletic winger Lee Croft has told the Daily Record that Rangers target George Edmundson reminds him of England international James Tarkowski.

Rangers have conceded just one goal in their last six games, and Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic are forming a strong partnership to end the season.

However, Rangers undoubtedly need a couple of centre backs this summer, as loanee Joe Worrall and free agent Gareth McAuley will leave the club, leaving spots for Steven Gerrard to fill.

 

One surprise target is Oldham defender Edmundson, with The Scottish Sun reporting that he's already visited Rangers' training ground ahead of a possible £450,000 move.

Rangers fans won't have expected their defensive solution to arrive from a fourth-tier club, but Edmundson has been turning heads in a fine campaign for Oldham.

The 21-year-old has come up through the Oldham ranks, and with more than 50 appearances to his name this season, Edmundson now looks set to move on this summer.

Oldham's George Edmundson celebrates opening the scoring during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town at Boundary Park, Oldham on Saturday 13th April 2019.

Rangers fans may not know too much about the towering centre back, but his former Oldham teammate Croft has compared him to England ace Tarkowski.

Tarkowski also came through the Oldham ranks, but Burnley now view him as a £50million player according to The Sun, and Croft feels that Edmundson can go just as far – so that £450,000 fee will seem like a snip if he's right.

“I’d probably compare him with James Tarkowski, who came through at Oldham and is now a big player for Burnley in the Premier League and gone on to play for England,” said Croft. “Like James, George has played a lot of games in the lower divisions and really learned the game in a tough environment. He can go all the way like Tarko,” he added.

James Tarkowski of Burnley gestures during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Burnley FC at Stamford Bridge on April 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

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