QPR boss Mick Beale has explained how Rangers came to find out about Connor Goldson ahead of signing him for the Light Blues as he named the former Premier League star who tipped him off.
Goldson was one of Steven Gerrard’s first signings as Rangers manager, spending a reported £3million on the defender to bring him north from Brighton, however, Beale admits he wasn’t a player that he or Gerrard were particularly familiar with.
A recommendation from Liam Rosenior, a teammate of Goldson’s at Brighton, would turn their attention to the stopper – with Beale admitting Rangers “struck gold” with his signing.
“When we recruited Connor it was via a conversation I had with a friend of mine who was playing with Connor at the time. I wasn’t aware of him so much before. But I recommended him to Steven, we sat and thought about it and Steven went down to meet him,” Beale said. [Daily Record]
“It was Liam Rosenior [who suggested we look at Connor]. We were on a course together. Liam asked if I’d seen this player at Brighton, he’s really good. I said I roughly knew him but not well enough to jump off a cliff right now. I went away and we spoke about it in-house and we all liked what we saw.
“I believe Steven had done a game for TV in which Connor had played, so there were a lot of little things that came back. We were delighted he came up and he’s done ever so well since.
“So Liam Rosenior was a scout then for Rangers. He’ll probably kill me for telling you that now! Connor has been fantastic. You’ve got to remember we recruited a player who wasn’t playing, who’d had a heart problem the year before but who has now gone on to play literally 98 per cent of the games for Rangers afterwards.
“So when you’re going through that medical and the recruitment process, there will always be questions from the outside – from media and fans about why this guy hasn’t been playing football. But you have to trust your instincts and more often than not we got it right for the outlays we made.
“You’re not going to get everyone right. But in terms of Connor Goldson, we struck gold there.”
Goldson the best signing of Gerrard’s reign as Rangers boss by a distance
Since Goldson arrived at Ibrox four years ago, the defender has gone on to become the constant of the Gers’ defence.
While a number of players have come and gone, none of Gerrard’s signings have been quite as influential as Goldson has and there’s no doubt he’s the pick of the bunch signed by the former boss.
With a new boss and a new manager, hopefully Goldson can continue to perform in the coming seasons as Gio van Bronckhorst looks to bring the Premiership title back to Ibrox.