Rangers star Connor Goldson is set to be reunited with his former club Brighton this weekend as the Seagulls descend on Glasgow.
The Premier League outfit might be the less glamourous of the two sides set to visit Ibrox this weekend but will still provide a stern test for Steven Gerrard’s charges.
Towering centre-half Connor, 28, has become a fixture in the Rangers side since he left Brighton for the Gers back in 2018 when the Steven Gerrard revolution was only getting started.
Now, he’s set to face off against his old side about three years later in what is sure to be an emotional match for the Ibrox defender.
Connor started his career with Shrewsbury Town and spent five years playing for the first team in Shropshire before earning a move to Brighton.
Goldson played 120 times for the Shrews and – but for a loan spell with Cheltenham Town – was a regular fixture at Shrewsbury over his final three seasons at the club.
The centre-back would then secure a move to Brighton in 2015 whilst Chris Hughton was the manager, signing a four-year deal on an undisclosed fee [BBC Sport].
Connor would be a major player in that first season at Brighton, playing 24 times for the club, but a heart issue would be flagged in his second season and the defender would go under the knife.
Flagged in February 2017, Connor battled back by December and famously played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Watford, his Premier League debut.
Joining Rangers for £3.5m in 2018 after played a reduced role in Brighton’s first season back in the Premier League, Ibrox gave the defender the platform to develop his career, and the rest is history.
But things look decidedly different for Brighton since Goldson was there.
Young English manager Graham Potter is in charge of the side with only five first-teamers remaining from the Goldson era.
Lewis Dunk, Pascal Gross, Solly March, Jurgen Locadia and – you guessed it – Shane Duffy are set to be reunited with the defender in what will be a poignant moment after his recent success at Ibrox.
Connor will just be hoping that it’s a happier reunion for Rangers than it is for Brighton ahead of this tough test.
This might not be the only Ibrox reunion this weekend either after Brighton splashed out over £20m on one of the Ibrox club star’s international teammates.