George Edmundson reacts to Filip Helander's arrival at Ibrox

George Edmundson of Oldham Athletic applauds fans after the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic at Keepmoat Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Doncaster,...

Rangers have brought two centre backs to Ibrox this summer.

George Edmundson of Oldham Athletic applauds fans after the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic at Keepmoat Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Doncaster,...

Rangers defender George Edmundson has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks the signing of Filip Helander will make the team better.

The Gers saw Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic end the season in style, but with Joe Worrall returning to Nottingham Forest and Gareth McAuley released, Rangers needed two more centre backs.

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The first one to arrive was Edmundson, who joined from Oldham Athletic after impressing in League Two, and he has featured in pre-season alongside Goldson.

 

Over the weekend, Rangers added another centre back to Gerrard's ranks, as Swedish international defender Helander arrived from Bologna.

The 26-year-old represents a major signing for Rangers, and many are now expecting him to be Goldson's partner in the coming season.

Katic would seemingly serve as third-choice when he returns to action having played for Croatia at the Under-21 Championships this summer, potentially leaving Edmundson as fourth choice.

21-year-old Edmundson has now commented on the situation, believing that Helander's arrival will only make Rangers better, as competition for places is key.

Filip Helander of Sweden in action during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match between Spain and Sweden at Bernabeu on June 10, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

Edmundson hasn't been deterred by the arrival of another defender, and believes that if he gets the shirt and plays well, he can keep anyone out of the team – including Helander.

“It will make us better. Competition for places is what you want and you’re not guaranteed a place at a club of this size,” said Edmundson. “I’ll be pushing Connor and Katic, they’ll be pushing me, and the new signing will push all of us. It will make us all better.”

“There’s loads of games so I’m sure we will rotate but we’ve been told that if you play well you’ll keep your place. If I get the chance to play I hope to play well and keep my shirt. I feel it should be like that. I’m feeling settled now. I need to cement my place,” he added.

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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