GEORGE EDMUNDSON didn’t know Rangers had the chance to move top of the league at Ibrox. Now, though, he is determined to help Steven Gerrard’s side stay there.

The Gers were given a pre-match boost ahead of their game with Hamilton as Celtic slipped up for the second consecutive weekend and were beaten by Livingston.

It was a defeat Gerrard’s side certainly made the most of and a 5-0 victory over Accies has them in pole position in the title race for the first time since last December.

Gerrard played down the achievement after a Jermain Defoe hat-trick and goals from Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic clinched a comfortable and commanding win.

For Edmundson, the focus will be on taking each game and challenge as it comes as Rangers look to maintain top spot following the international break.

He said: “To be honest, I didn’t know Celtic had dropped points until after our game.

“I just focus on Rangers, I’m not too fussed about what other teams are doing.

“It feels to be top but there is a long, long way to go and we are just taking it all game by game and taking it as it comes. We’ll have a good break now and then be ready for the next challenge when it comes.

“Every game now is one where we are going in to win and we will take the games as they come.

“But after the international break we will be looking for three points from the next challenge we face.

“I’m sure you can see that character and we have got players like Jermain, (Alfredo) Morelos, Connor, Steven Davis. They are all top players and they handle the pressure really well. It makes the other players thrive from it.

“They have been at the top for a long time now and as a young player it is good to learn from them and how they handle certain situations.

“It is massive and we have got loads of leaders in the changing room. Look through the team, everyone brings something different and it is going to help us all the way.”

Edmundson was handed his first Premiership start of the season by Gerrard as Rangers looked to bounce back from their Europa League defeat to Young Boys in midweek.

The Englishman was rarely tested against a mediocre Accies attack but was pleased to come through the Ibrox fixture with a clean sheet as he partnered Goldson at the back.

Edmundson said: “I’ve had to be patient as there are three other really good centre-halves at the club and I am one of the young ones here. So I needed to be patient and I feel as though I did alright.

“The manager has spoken to me about showing patience and he told me I would get chances to play. When I signed here I knew I wouldn’t just jump straight into the team.

“There are a lot of players who have done really well and deserve to keep their place.

“He has spoken to me now and then and told me what I need to do to get onto the team and stay in it.”