George Edmundson is currently far from flavour of the month at Ibrox after the misguided decision to socialise outside of the Rangers bubble alongside Jordan Jones.
Former Rangers full-back, Alan Hutton, believes that he might not meet the same fate as the Northern Irishman, however, it will be more to do with circumstance than anything else, as revealed in an interview with Football Insider.
So what has Hutton said?
When asked if he thought that Edmundson could be sent out on loan or sold, he said:
“Possibly, I mean, there’s obviously a queue in front of him at the moment.
“Connor Golson has been a rock and he’s an ever-present in the team as long as he doesn’t get injured so then it’s one. They’ve got Balogun, Helander, the problem is you need four.
“I think they will keep him around because you do need somebody else around just in case but he needs to work hard and prove himself to be fighting for the position.
“You can’t just be: ‘Alright, it’s Goldson, then there’s another two and I’m the third one after that.’
“That’s not the position you want to be. You want to be pushing for that first-team and he needs to get down to hard work to prove that again.”
So is Hutton correct?
Steven Gerrard has shown that he doesn’t suffer fools gladly with how he has dealt with Kyle Lafferty, Eros Grezda and Jordan Jones in the past and Edmundson will be sweating on his Light Blues career.
Leon Balogun has already done enough to suggest that he will have the option of an extra year on his contract taken up and Niko Katic is on the road to recovery, there is also Calvin Bassey that could step inside if he needed to having played most of his youth football at centre-half.
Edmundson has looked like a decent prospect, but he is far from irreplaceable and, although he is still young, Leon King has also been promoted to the first-team squad for training – the decision ultimately lies with the gaffer and just how much of an example he wants to make of the 23-year old and whether or not he can forgive him.