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Championship newcomers Peterborough United have been priced out of a £1.5 million deal to sign defender George Edmundson from Rangers, director of football Barry Fry told Peterborough Today. 

For all intents and purposes, the former Oldham youngster will go down in the history books as a Scottish Premiership champion, helping the Gers end a decade of hurt as Steven Gerrard’s ‘Invincibles’ stormed to glory. 

But, in truth, Edmundson’s role in a historic season was a minor one.  

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The Manchester-born 23-year-old played just a few minutes of league football before being loaned out to Derby County in January.

Presuming he is now behind Conor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Filip Helander, Jack Simpson and even the seldom-seen Nikola Katic in Gerrard’s pecking order, it is hard to see where Edmundson features in Rangers’ plans with their 2021/22 title defence about to get underway. 

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The Glasgow giants will listen to offers for a man who has played just eight Premiership matches since arriving at Ibrox 25 months ago. 

But a seven-figure price-tag quickly put an end to Peterborough’s interest. 

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“We were interested in Edmundson,” said the always-outspoken Fry. “But they (Rangers) wanted £1.5 million for a player who hardly played for them and who spent last season on loan at Derby. 

“That interest didn’t last long.” 

Rangers paid £650,000 to sign a 21-year-old Edmundson in June 2019. According to the Mail, Peterborough were keen back then too, with the 6ft 3ins powerhouse clearly a long-term target for Darren Ferguson’s side. 

Rangers have also been linked with a number of other centre-halves in recent months, offering a three-year deal to Vitesse Arnhem’s Danilo Doekhi before missing out on Joseph Okumu. 

A player often compared to Virgil van Dijk joined Belgian outfit KAA Gent in a £3 million deal earlier this summer. 

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