Ahead of the new season Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson looks anything but fazed regarding speculation over his future as he gets back into pre-season training.
At 6ft3 Goldson is generally a giant amongst his peers but it’s been in his consistency and presence that he’s been a giant for the blue side of Glasgow.
A huge figure at the back for the club who played every minute of last season’s legendary campaign, you’ll forgive bluenoses for getting nervous over Connor’s current contract situation.
Goldson, 28, has one year remaining on his current Rangers deal and is at a pivotal juncture in his career.
It would be hard to criticise the big Englishman for wanting to prove himself at the highest level down south whilst in his prime having recovered from heart surgery to make it in Glasgow.
That’s what makes his astonishing feat of every second played last season even more impressive – Gerrard famously said Goldson was making up for lost time after recovering from the surgery in 2017.
A giant on the pitch and off it at the club, Connor’s arrival for a reported £3.5m in 2018 at the start of the Gerrard revolution was a significant move in the charge for 55.
Whilst there has been a learning curve and Goldson’s development is evident, there can be little doubting his status at Ibrox for his contribution to that title.
Yet, there are some murmurs of discontent regarding the contract situation as fans get nervous over the future of the defender.
But can we put it to you that Connor could play a final season at Ibrox without signing a new deal before heading down south to set things right after the surgery?
The Daily Record claimed a deal was done to keep the player at the club but so far there has been little official movement in this regard.
There’s an assumption that if Goldson doesn’t sign on the dotted line then the club may look to ship him out this summer.
But whilst cashing in on one of our top assets may make sense, it’s hard to think of any one player who’d be more missed at the club at present.
Niko Katic is returning from a long injury lay-off, Leon Balogun is injury prone, Filip Helander is more the technical defender than the commanding leader.
Jack Simpson is a project whilst George Edmundson’s Ibrox career hangs in the balance.
The fact Connor played every minute last season is telling and should he leave, the chasm in the Ibrox side which would be left perhaps sets us up for a fail.
It would be reckless to sell Connor given the role he has in this side, regardless of his contract situation.
For me – and whilst I’d be much happier if he signed – there’s an argument that Connor could play out his final year here, playing in the Champions League and contributing to more success.
At this point, Rangers may well be better placed to replace him with those at the club in a better position to fill his boots.
Goldson too would be able to strut off down south with his head held high knowing full well he’s made a legendary contribution to the restoration of our football club.
If things do go on to transpire this way, then it’s hard to see how Connor could leave with anything but the blessing of the support.
However, amid links elsewhere, is the player’s contract situation becoming the elephant in the room at Ibrox?