Hats off for getting him to Ibrox: Hugh Burns raves about summer Rangers signing who oozed class on Sunday

Aug 1985:  Hugh Burns of Rangers in action during a Scottish Premier Division match against Celtic at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.  \ Mandatory Credit:...

The Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has led his Ibrox side to the top of the Premiership.

Aug 1985:  Hugh Burns of Rangers in action during a Scottish Premier Division match against Celtic at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.  \ Mandatory Credit:...

The former Rangers left-back, Hugh Burns, believes the Gers have found the perfect partner for Connor Goldson.

Goldson has spent much of this season stationed alongside Nikola Katic at the heart of Rangers' defence, with Filip Helander a semi-regular comrade.

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But it is the one with whom he has played the fewest minutes - just 284 - that is making him 'look a better player', according to Burns.

 

"(On Sunday) I witnessed, probably, one of the finest performances," the 53-year-old told Rock Sport Radio. "OK, as you say, you can only play who’s in front of you. I’ve seen the big centre-back [George Edmundson] playing a full game for the first time. He was magnificent. What he did, he did well. He was crisp with his passing, his headers were good, even Goldson looked a better player, playing with a better player.

"Rangers have been passing it - (Allan) McGregor’s got it to (Borna) Barisic, who’s given it to Katic, who’s given it to Goldson, it’s gone back to Katic. He was getting the ball from McGregor (on Sunday), and he was making his mind up what full-back it was going to. So it was missing Goldson out and it was zipped across to the right-back, it was zipped across to Borna Barisic and, before you knew it, Rangers were on the front foot. He’s going in linking, maybe not to the extent of [the Celtic centre-back, Kristoffer] Ajer, but he’s comfortable.

"He just oozed, oozed class. I said (on Sunday), whoever unearthed George Edmundson and got the deal done - hats off to them for getting the boy up.

"I think, obviously, Goldson’s always going to be in there, so it’s one of three. For me, he’s the best, by far. The best centre-back I’ve seen playing with Rangers. Now, from one game it’s hard to tell. But I liked the look of him at the start of the season. I liked the look of him when he played in that holding role - because he zips it, he passes it, he’s strong, he’s lean, he’s the right height. He is just the right package, that boy."

Edmundson completed a protracted move to Rangers from Oldham Athletic in the summer transfer window, costing the Gers a reported fee of just £700,000 - significantly less than any of his centre-back peers at Ibrox.

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.

The Lancastrian has, understandably, had to bide his time so far.

And with at least four years on Goldson and Helander, like Katic, he was always liked to be deemed one for the future.

But if Burns' assessment is shared by those inside Rangers, such as the manager Steven Gerrard, then it might not be long before Edmundson is playing regularly at Ibrox.

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