Connor Goldson joined Rangers in the Summer from Premier League Brighton, and the multi-million-pound man is already repaying Steven Gerrard’s faith with his performances. If he keeps going the way he’s going, he might just repay the investment and then some too. Although we hope that’s not for some time yet.
Ok. It might not be the best speaking about the potential of Rangers most commanding centre backs in years leaving the club so soon after joining, but Goldson is fast becoming one of the club’s biggest assets.
Being English, you can bet suitors from down South are keeping one eye on the towering 6’3 ball playing defender. At £3.5mn in the crazy financials of the English market, Goldson is already looking an absolute steal.
Young, hungry English players go for a fortune in England due to league registration rules – Alfie Mawson and James Maddison being prime examples – and a tidy, commanding centre back can be a hard thing to find these days. Especially one with a touch of the European like Goldson.
It’s early days yet, but his value will be skyrocketing with every performance as the footballing world watches the job Steven Gerrard does at Ibrox does with one eye. Financially, it’s just a fantastic piece of business from the club – and about time too.
As a player Goldson is breezing games. Very much a modern defender, he’s comfortable with the ball at his feet and his timing in the jump has been impeccable. He manages the back line. He’s vocal. He’s strong. He’s composed, classy and commanding. And, he’s ours. I’ll say it now – it’ll take big money to change that.
Special mention must too go to Goldson’s central defensive partner Nikola Katic, who alongside the Englishman looks every inch the ying to Goldson’s yang.
Croatian Katic is young, confident and already falling in love with the club – it’s clear to see in the way he fights on the pitch and responds to the fans. Katic, who is an absolute, towering force in the air, is also good for a goal.
It’s difficult to remember Rangers having such a consistent, intimidating and reliable back pairing since the Walter Smith era. They’re fast becoming fan favourites.
The fact Gerrard is still scouring the market for the right centre back shows the Gaffer wants competition and they can’t rest on their laurels for a starting berth. Not that I think they would.
If Connor keeps putting in this level of performance, then he’ll prove he’s worth his weight in Gold, not just on the pitch, but off it too. Just hopefully not for a while yet.