The ‘hands off’ George Edmundson story is certainly an interesting one, with the 23-year old defender clearly not in Steven Gerrard’s plans but Rangers rejecting Peterborough’s reported 300,000 bid for the former Oldham man.
What it suggests is this is a defender in demand, and even if Rangers don’t want him, we’re not in a position we need to sell at a mediocre price.
Ergo, if anyone does want to bring the Rangers stopper out of Ibrox permanently, they’ll have to stump up more cash than what Rangers actually paid, which is around the £300K mark.
Rangers’ defence is in a spot of flux at present, with speculation rife over Connor Goldson’s future amidst major delays on a new deal and interest down south, not to mention the return of Niko Katic and the interest in Filip Helander, so the new vultures circling around Edmundson is part and parcel for the summer rebuild or tinker of the backline.
We doubt really that Edmundson is going to get the second chance the press claim he is – he wasn’t ever-present for Derby by any stretch for a side that only narrowly avoided relegation.
If he’s not good enough to secure a place for them, there are doubts he’s going to be the grand exception to the rule that Stevie generally never gives second chances to players he sends out on loan.
But if a good bid comes in? A strong £500K+ number? That might interest Rangers.
Truthfully it’s likely kidology – we spent £300K on the lad, we don’t want to sell him for the same price, so by rejecting the bid from Peterborough we’re showing we won’t be pushed around.
And long may that hard ball continue.