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George Edmundson sees the positives in Rangers further strengthening their centre-back options with the capture of Filip Helander, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Helander joined for a reported £3.5m on Saturday, which is said to be their biggest transfer fee in a massive nine years.
The fee creates an expectation that the Swedish international plays regularly, potentially pushing Edmundson down the defensive pecking order – but he insists he is up for the fight.
The former Oldham Athletic man feels that if he plays well enough, he’ll keep his place in Steven Gerrard’s side.
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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
“It will make us better. Competition for places is what you want and you’re not guaranteed a place at a club of this size.
“I’ll be pushing Connor [Goldson] and [Nikola] Katic, they’ll be pushing me, and the new signing will push all of us. It will make us all better.
“There’s loads of games so I’m sure we will rotate but we’ve been told that if you play well you’ll keep your place.
“If I get the chance to play I hope to play well and keep my shirt. I feel it should be like that.
“I’m feeling settled now. I need to cement my place.”
There’s no doubt that the depth and quality now available to Steven Gerrard means he no longer has to search for centre-backs in the transfer window and carries a valuable advantage into the new campaign – the healthy competition for places at the heart of defence.
Edmundson’s lack of experience above English League One and Two means he’ll have his work cut out to prove he can compete at that level, but then competition is often the key to revealing the best that talents have to offer.
Alongside Goldson and Katic they’ll form a foursome that can compete adequately in the Scottish Premiership and perhaps even the UEFA Europa League.