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Rangers finalise £650k Edmundson deal, while fellow new boy Stewart eyes title quest

Signing up: George Edmundson has joined Rangers from Oldham
Signing up: George Edmundson has joined Rangers from Oldham

By Robert Jones

Rangers have completed the signing of defender George Edmundson from Oldham.

The 21-year-old centre-back becomes Steven Gerrard's sixth summer recruit after moving in a reported £650,000 deal.

Edmundson, who came through Oldham's youth ranks, has agreed a four-year deal at Ibrox, subject to international clearance. He moves after making 54 appearances in all competitions for the League Two side last term. He has previously had loan spells at non-league Ramsbottom, Alfreton and Fylde.

He joins a Rangers team looking to break Celtic's domination of Scottish football.

The Parkhead treble treble winners will be chasing a ninth successive Premiership title next season.

Another of the club's summer signings, Greg Stewart, is looking forward to that challenge.

The former Dundee, Birmingham and Aberdeen forward said: "Rangers did so well last season but just fell short. And now we want to put things right this season.

"Can we be close to overhauling that gap from last year? Absolutely.

"When you play for Rangers there is a demand on you to win football matches, and that's what we want to do at this club."

Rangers, who begin their campaign against another of Stewart's old sides, Kilmarnock, at Rugby Park on August 4, face their first Old Firm derby on the weekend of August 31.

Stewart (29) said: "That's the one you always look for first. For me, it's massive, knowing what that game is all about.

"I'm just so excited for the season to begin. The first Old Firm game is four games in but we've got a lot of work to do before then.

"There are a lot of games to take care of so we'll put that to the back of our minds for the moment."

Meanwhile, Rangers boss Gerrard has received his Uefa Pro Licence.

The Ibrox boss joins the likes of England's Gareth Southgate, Chelsea's Emma Hayes MBE and Burnley's Sean Dyche among fewer than 400 coaches to have graduated from the FA Level 5 (Uefa Pro) in Coaching Football qualification.

It's the FA's highest football coaching qualification and involves training on media relations, working with Technical Directors and guidance on how to create high-performance club cultures and environments.

The official Rangers website said: "Everyone at Rangers would like to extend our congratulations on his achievement."

FA Technical Director Les Reed said: "A huge congratulations to each and every one of our graduates.

"This is just the beginning for this group. There will always be more to learn, different goals to reach and new things to discover - and The FA will always be here to help guide these coaches through football's ever changing landscape."

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