GEORGE Edmundson sat down for today’s Scottish Cup media conference and the assembled journalists ask him if they should assume it is good news for him with tomorrows’ fourth round tie with Stranraer looming – “He’s starting!” Steven Gerrard confirms.

The 22-year-old has had to be patient since his summer arrival from Oldham Athletic, with Connor Goldson and Filip Helander forming a successful partnership before Nikola Katic stepped up with Helander injured.

Edmundson has eight appearances to his name in 2019/20 and will add a ninth on Friday evening at Ibrox. He admits he has learnt from the example of Katic in biding his time.

Speaking to the media, he said:

“This is a chance for me, I feel like I have been patient and I have been waiting for a game like this. It will be good to get out on the pitch and show what I can do. 

“I am not stupid; the lads who have been playing centre-half have been doing class. Niko has come in and done excellently, so I can’t argue with why I am not playing.

“I know the position I stand in so I just have to be patient and hopefully I can show a bit tomorrow.

“Niko is someone I look up to and watch and learn from in training. I do look at his journey and how he has dealt with it this season and it is something I can definitely learn off.”

Edmundson played the first-half of Rangers 6-1 friendly win over Lokomotiv Tashkent in Dubai on Saturday, alongside Katic and keeping a cleansheet.

The game rounded off a successful week in the UAE for the Gers team, who are now looking to push on in the Premiership, Scottish Cup and Europa League when they kick off 2020 competitively this weekend.

He continued: “We have had a really good week away, I really enjoyed Dubai and it was a good experience for me. It was good getting some minutes at the game as well.”

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