If one player could feel extremely hard done by on the opening day of the domestic season, it was George Edmundson.
Having put in a fine pre-season and European display or two, the former Oldham man was fully expected to become Connor Goldson’s new partner. Then Steven Gerrard brought in Nigeria’s Leon Balogun to rather rip that carpet out from under the baby of the defensive group.
Since then, Edmundson has hardly had any game time at all, and has rather been forgotten in truth, and he can certainly consider himself a little harshly dealt with, something compounded by the rise of Sweden’s Filip Helander who is now having a stellar season.
And to hit the cherry on the cake, he didn’t even get a place on the bench on Saturday!
Don’t get us wrong, we completely support everything Stevie is doing, it’s all working perfectly so this isn’t a complaint at all, but we do feel for poor George who has gone from a future Rangers CB to squad material who just isn’t going to penetrate the top three of Goldson, Helander and Balogun.
But it does give yet another reflection of the incredible depth and quality Gerrard has in his squad now that a player of the class of Edmundson can’t even get on the bench these days.
He will be gutted to have completely missed out on the Old Firm, but to be horrible, blunt and harsh, as good as he is, we have even better.
And that’s why we’re doing as well as we’re doing now.