Rangers managed to fend off competition to bring George Edmundson to Ibrox.

Former Rangers ace Clint Hill has told The Herald that the Gers beat his Fleetwood Town side to the signing of defender George Edmundson this past summer.

The Gers were in the market for defensive reinforcements over the summer, having released Gareth McAuley and seen loanee Joe Worrall return to parent club Nottingham Forest.

Steven Gerrard chose to bring in two defenders of differing experience; Filip Helander, a Swedish international with Serie A games under his belt, came in from Bologna in a big-money move, but only after Rangers had already signed Edmundson.

The 22-year-old was playing in the fourth tier of English football last season, featuring prominently for Oldham before making the big move to Ibrox.

Edmundson has mostly had to sit and watch Helander, Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson play as the primary centre backs for Gerrard, but he got his chance before the international break.

Edmundson started in the 5-0 win over Hamilton Academical, and fans took to Twitter to praise his display, meaning Katic and Helander need to step up again and keep him out of the side.

Now, ex-Rangers defender Hill, who became something of a cult hero at Ibrox, has admitted that he wanted to take Edmundson to Fleetwood, where he is assisting Joey Barton.

Hill feels Edmundson is a ‘hell of a talent’ as he is big, confident on the ball, strong in the air and reads the game well, suggesting that the £650,000 signing has all the fundamentals to become a star, but sadly for him, it will be at Ibrox rather than at Fleetwood having been ‘swept to the side’ when Rangers came in.

“Young Edmundson has come in from Oldham and he’s a hell of a talent. We looked at him,” said Hill. “We watched him quite a lot. I’m at Fleetwood with Joe now and he was someone we targeted. Over a number of matches we looked at him and thought he had the ability to kick right on. Obviously, when Rangers come knocking on the door for a player, everyone else gets swept to the side.”

“He’s a great size and yet he’s confident on the ball. He’s good in the air and also reads the game well. He has all of those fundamentals that you look for in a centre-half. It’s up to him now to kick onto the next stage and the next level and I’m sure he will do when he is given the opportunities,” he added.

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