GEORGE EDMUNDSON was thrilled to play a part in helping Rangers move to the top of the Premiership table after today’s emphatic victory over Hamilton at Ibrox.

The 22-year-old centre-half put in an impressive display after being handed his first league start for the Light Blues against the Accies by manager Steven Gerrard.

Edmundson, who signed in the summer from Oldham Athletic, looked confident and assured playing alongside Connor Goldson in the middle of the Gers defence and, speaking after the final whistle to RangersTV, he said he enjoyed the 90 minutes.

“It was good. I thought it was a good team performance and obviously it makes it easier us winning 5-0. But yeah I thought it was a good game.

“The manager just said to me to play simple, be confident and do the basics well. I thought I did that alright.”

Jermain Defoe got Rangers off to a great start when he opened the scoring with a delightful dinked finish after seven minutes before Goldson doubled his side’s advantage on 34 minutes with a superb header from an accurate James Tavernier delivery.

On his defensive partner, Edmundson said: “Connor’s massive for me. In training and when I first signed he has really helped me come on.

“I feel I’m learning off him every day and he just makes me a better person and a better player.”

On Defoe, who went on to complete a stunning hat-trick this afternoon, George added: “Jermain is obviously an unbelievable player, so it was good for him to get a hat-trick.

“I was shouting Connor back when he was running up, but it was nice for him to get a goal as well.

“Games like that, and no disrespect to Hamilton, but they kind of become a bit slow when you are three or four-nil up.

“So the gaffer said to us at half-time that we need to keep our tempo up and if we keep playing we will get our rewards. We certainly did.”

After the hour mark Borna Barisic made it 3-0 with a trademark free-kick and Edmundson wasn’t surprised to see the in-form Croatian left-back find the postage stamp corner of the net.

“He always practises, him and Andy Halliday. They always stay and practise, but yeah it was a great free-kick.”

Edmundson admits the goal-scoring exploits of Defoe and Alfredo Morelos this season have been of huge importance for the Gers, and today was no different.

He said: “It’s massive for us. Especially as defenders, if the game is still one-nil or two-nil teams have something to fight for.

“But when they [Defoe and Morelos] get a chance and put it away like they have done, it relieves a lot of pressure off us back lads.”

Rangers are now two points clear of Old Firm rivals Celtic at the top of the Premiership table with eight games played.

George added: “It is good, but we take every game as it comes and there is still a long way to go. So just on to the next one now.”

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