Glasgow Rangers duo George Edmundson and Jordan Jones are facing suspensions after breaching coronavirus protocols, reports say.
According to Sky Sports, the Rangers players will face a hearing conducted by the Scottish FA next week, having attended a gathering with people from outside their household. They have already been suspended by the club following an internal investigation into their antics at a house party.
Despite this, Steven Gerrard has recently hinted that they could still have a future at the club after breaking his silence on the disgraced duo earlier this month. However, the Ibrox boss would be making an inexcusable error by giving Edmundson a second chance.
Given his young age, it seems a little harsh to write his Rangers career off completely, as he has still has plenty of time to continue to grow and develop as a player.
But the reality is that Rangers have an abundance of talent in the defence who can collectively and individually do better than Edmundson in near enough every area. Gerrard isn’t exactly short of centre-backs, as Leon Balogun and Connor Goldson have been in such fine form in recent weeks, whilst Filip Helander has impressed after returning to the starting line-up.
Edmundson has almost always been the odd man out. Last season, the £1m-rated Englishman made seven appearances in the Scottish Premiership, scoring one goal in the 2-1 win over Hibernian FC. He has found his chances even harder to come by this season, as he hasn’t made a single appearance in the top flight this term, whilst he has been limited to just two games overall so far.
Speaking to Football Insider, former Rangers defender Alan Hutton criticised the youngster for his “silly” mistake. Admittedly, it’s almost part and parcel of being a young player, as Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were sent home by Gareth Southgate for inviting two females into England’s COVID-secure bubble.
But the trouble is, Edmundson just isn’t on the same level as either of those two players, who are first-team regular starters at Manchester City and Manchester United respectively. His performances so far this season haven’t merited a place in Gerrard’s side, let alone a reason to allow him to return to the fold. It’s about time the Ibrox boss set an example as his behaviour surely cannot be tolerated.
Why would Gerrard want to invest his time and energy into a fringe squad player who has broken his trust? It just doesn’t make any sense.