Reports linking Rangers with a move for Oldham Athletic’s George Edmundson have emerged over the course of the week and his former teammate Lee Croft has strongly hinted that he would be an excellent addition to the defensive unit.
Croft played alongside the 21-year-old during the early stages of his career when he was only a teenager.
He has watched him develop into the coveted talent he is ahead of the summer window, and his glowing comparison with England international James Tarkowski suggests that he possesses the well-rounded set of attributes Rangers will be looking for, per Daily Record.
“I’d probably compare him with James Tarkowski, who came through at Oldham and is now a big player for Burnley in the Premier League and gone on to play for England.
“Like James, George has played a lot of games in the lower divisions and really learned the game in a tough environment.
“He can go all the way like Tarko.”
Considering Oldham value the rising talent at just £450k, per Daily Mail, Rangers could be staring down the barrel of another bargain akin to the one which saw Glen Kamara arrive at the club for just £50k in January.
The Gers fan favourite is a player who has already showcased a level of potential which hints at a huge future in the game, and the fact Croft has compared Edmundson to Tarkowski is telling: the 21-year-old can become a huge hit at Ibrox.
Tarkowski has blossomed into one of the most consistent central defenders in English football at Burnley, impressing with his stark defensive qualities and composure in possession of the ball.
If Edmundson is indeed destined to go down a similar path, Rangers fans could have a new hero on their hands should he sign for the club this summer.
Bargain signings are becoming a concept of the past, particularly for young players with huge potential, but Kamara has proven that rough diamonds are still waiting to be picked.
Croft’s admission suggests Rangers have already set their sights on a comparably cunning acquisition.