Rangers stalwart Connor Goldson is a living inspiration and one of the key reasons why the club managed to secure 55 this season.

Playing every minute in every competition, the 28-year-old defender is making up for lost time after a heart operation threatened to curtail his promising career.

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Rangers stalwart Connor Goldson played over 5000 minutes for the club this season, playing every minute of the club’s 56 games this campaign. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Goldson’s contribution to Rangers is symbolised not only by his time on the pitch but also by the fact a team of leading data analysts in 21st Club valued him as the Gers’ most valuable player.

Only last year the group told the Athletic that they believe the Englishman and ex-Brighton defender to be worth £18m in the current market.

Yet now the Rangers defensive rock on which 55 was built sits with only a year left on his contract and Gers fans scratching their heads over an apparently delayed announcement.

The Daily Record had reported in April that vice-captain Goldson was to follow captain James Tavernier by signing a two-year extension this summer.

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As of yet, there has been no announcement in this regard and Rangers fans are getting antsy that one of the club’s most important players could leave this summer.

 

If Goldson doesn’t sign a new deal, it’s either sell him or witness him leave for nothing next season.

With the Champions League on the horizon, the promise of a shot at elite level European football may well be enough to get this talented, ball-playing defender to sign on the dotted line.

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Goldson has impressed in the Europa League this season and broken clean sheet records with Rangers but this still hasn’t piqued the interest of England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But when we look at the European Championships and English international level, it is telling that Goldson hasn’t even been mentioned in the press south of the border in the Euro 2020 conversation despite his achievements at Ibrox.

It remains to be seen if performances in the Champions League would be enough to secure his status in the Three Lions squad but what is clear is that so long as he plays in Scotland, it’s certainly going to be difficult to permeate it.

Rangers fans will be in no doubt that the man with the heart of a Lion could do a job for his country but it appears convincing those down south so long as he plays up north is an oft-thankless task.

Will Gareth Southgate ever recognise Connor Goldson so long as he plays in Scotland? (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

With things apparently still unsure regarding a new contract, the club’s fans will be hoping this isn’t a stumbling block when it comes to tying down this monumental presence at Ibrox.

Rangers fans are desperate for an announcement on Goldson’s future and took to social media to talk up the big defender only this week.

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