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Rangers must rid themselves of George Edmundson in January

Glasgow Rangers defender George Edmundson seems to be destined for the Ibrox exit following his breach of protocols, along with Jordan Jones.

What’s the word?

Reports in recent times revealed that Rangers have given the go-ahead for Edmundson to leave on loan in January amid interest from clubs south of the border.

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It’s claimed that several unnamed Championship and League One clubs are interested in signing the 23-year-old on a temporary basis, despite him serving a seven-match ban for breaking government guidelines. The breach with teammate Jones also led to the centre-back being suspended by the club for two weeks.

Edmundson has yet to feature for Steven Gerrard’s side since the 5-0 victory over Lincoln Red Imps at the start of this season and it seems his future at the club is out of his hands.

End of the road

Once billed as a “faultless” player by the Ibrox boss after he made his highly-anticipated league debut for Rangers against Hamilton in 2019, it’s been quite a dramatic fall from grace for the former Oldham defender.

Edmundson, whose contract is set to expire in 2023, hasn’t played since September, having been left as an unused substitute on the bench seven times in the Scottish Premiership this season thus far.

The Rangers outcast is a victim of his own demise and he has nobody to blame but himself for this sorry state of affairs. He worked his way into contention under Gerrard over the past couple of years but seems to have undone all of his hard work, as he has fallen even further down the pecking order behind the likes of Connor Goldson and Filip Helander after the arrival of Leon Balogun.

Former Brighton defender Balogun signed a one-year deal with the 54-time Scottish champions with the option for a second in the summer and has become an integral part of Gerrard’s side this season, having made 10 starts in 12 appearances for the Gers in the Premiership this season, helping to ensure they have conceded just 13 goals in all competitions.

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With Rangers chief Ross Wilson reportedly pursuing Preston North End’s Ben Davies, it seems like time is finally running out for Edmundson, as it’s unlikely he will start another game under Gerrard anytime soon.

Hearts striker and Rangers legend Steven Naismith has previously criticised Edmundson and Jones for their poor decisions, saying: “With them not being guys who don’t carry enough weight because they’ve not done enough at the club, they’re easily expendable. If the manager says ‘out you go’, there’s not much they can do in terms of forcing the club’s hand to keep them because they’ve not performed well enough – it’s as simple as that.

“It’s going to be a tough couple of months ahead.”

His chances of playing again for the Gers appear to be as remote as their chances of signing former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

If Edmundson does depart Ibrox in the near future, there’s no doubt it’ll be a long road back for the Englishman. It may actually be in the club’s best interests to cash in on him this month anyway.

AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers star Ianis Hagis is becoming virtually undroppable for Steven Gerrard

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