Partick Thistle midfielder Ryan Edwards says that former Australia coach Ange Postecoglou would be a great fit for Rangers, and could handle the pressure of managing the Ibrox club.

Postecoglou has been linked with the vacant Rangers post since quitting as national team manager immediately after guiding Australia to the World Cup, and it is known that he is seeking a job in club management.

And Edwards, who has worked with Postecoglou as he has come through the age ranks with his country, reckons that Rangers could do worse than plump for the 52-year-old, who he says commands respect wherever he goes.

“I think he wants to go into club football and he would be a good fit for Rangers,” Edwards said.

“There is a connection with Australia and Rangers so maybe that is why his name has been thrown in.

“I think he would do a good job. The way he changed the international team from being big, strong, fast players, to more technical players who want to play football will attract interest from clubs.

“He managed in Australia and the international team, but he has been to two World Cups, Confederations Cup and the Asia Cup, so he is used to pressure.

“I know Rangers is a massive club and it will be a difficult job, but he thrives in that environment.

“Australia played the most games and went the most distance, to qualify for a World Cup, so he is more than capable of handling Rangers.

“He demands a lot of respect and discipline. He is really detailed with everything he does, particularly defensively. He always sets a high standard for everyone.”

Edwards was surprised to see Postecoglou leave his post having secured Australia’s passage to Russia next summer.

But with a new coach coming in, he says that it has given him renewed incentive to raise his game and try to force his way into contention for the World Cup squad.

“It gives us fresh hope when a new manager comes in,” he said.

“I hope the new manager knows who I am and I’m in with a shout for the World Cup. I have been on the edges before and with a new manager I have a bigger incentive to make the team over the next six months.

“I need to keep doing well for Partick Thistle and making an impact here and keep knocking on the door.

“The new manager might want to look at a few new faces which might work in my favour. The old manager brought in larger squads so he could look at different people. Hopefully the new manager does something similar.”

Edwards is in no doubt that he has the ability to add something to the Australia squad, but he admits that he may have to strike a balance between the team ethic he is renowned for and a more selfish streak if he is to catch the eye.

“I think I add something different to what Australia have but we have a lot of good midfielders in the squad,” he said.

“I have to do well for my club and I know I have to have a bigger impact in games in terms of more assists and scoring a few more goals. I think if I can do that I would come to the attention of the Australian national team.

“I don’t want to be selfish and stop being a team player – you need to find the balance. I want to get the best out of myself but helping the team too.”