Rangers' George Edmundson explains why Nikola Katic is his inspiration

Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

George Edmundson has played just one minute of Scottish Premiership football since joining Steven Gerrard's Rangers from Oldham Athletic.

Pre FA Cup 4th Round Press Conference with Oldham Athletic centre back George Edmundson at Boundary Park, Oldham on Thursday 24th January 2019.

George Edmundson has admitted that he has found the lack of game time difficult to deal with since joining Rangers in the summer, speaking to the Daily Record.

The 22-year-old centre-back certainly got used to playing regular first-team football last season. In all competitions, Edmundson featured 54 times for Oldham Athletic before moving to Glasgow for a fee of £650,000, according to the Record.

Subscribe

The highly-rated centre-back has made just four appearances in his first few weeks under Steven Gerrard, however, with just a single minute of football to his name in the Scottish Premiership so far. Edmundson was even left out of the matchday squad entirely for the recent Old Firm derby clash with Celtic.

 

But while Edmundson admits it’s not easy adapting to life on the bench, he is using Nikola Katic as inspiration as he looks to belatedly get his Rangers career off the ground.

“It is hard coming from Oldham and having played every game but I knew it was going to be like this so I’m not going to get down,” he said.

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.

“Niko’s someone I look up to. Last season he was in the same situation I am in now.

“He’s a top player and a great defender and someone I can learn from alongside Connor and Filip. He spoke to me and some of the staff have spoken about it too, how Niko was in and out but he kept going.”

Like Edmundson, £2 million man Katic found himself well down the pecking order at Rangers during his debut season but he didn’t give up and, after finally earning Gerrard’s trust, he’s now one of the first names on the team sheet.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch