The future of Rangers defender Connor Goldson has been deliberated over all season but after the match with Ross County, fans have resigned themselves to his exit.
In what may well prove Goldson’s final game at Ibrox, images of the defender saluting the supporters at the end of the 4-1 win has plenty fearing the worst.
Signed for £3.5m from Brighton in 2018, Connor Goldson has been the rock that this Rangers side’s success has been built on and should he move on their will be a chasm at the back.
A near ever present for Rangers, Goldson very rarely misses a game and is a genuine stalwart in this side with much of the club’s progress domestically and in Europe in no small part down to his contribution.
The likes of Hearts’ John Souttar have already been signed but these are big boots to fill and any Connor Goldson exit for sure signals a Changing of the Guard at Ibrox.
This summer is expected to see several high-profile first-teamers leave the club and if Connor goes he will almost certainly top the list.
Fans fearful of Connor Goldson exit ahead of big Rangers summer
The likes of Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Filip Helander are also entering the final years of their Rangers deals and will need to be signed up or shipped out.
It’s just as well Rangers have had such a transformative financial boost from the Europa League run – something which could be added to with victory in the Final – and the club are expecting investment this summer.
But given the contribution of Connor Goldson over the last few seasons, we cannot underestimate how difficult a job it will be replacing the big man on and off the pitch.
A genuine leader at the club who is the vocal presence in the side, any decision to leave will surely be a sore one for the big man who has many factors to consider in his future.
If Goldson can go on to secure both the Europa League and Scottish Cup for the club he’ll leave Ibrox a legend and let’s hope, if he is signing off, it’s as special for us as it is for him.
In total, Connor Goldson has played in 221 games for Rangers, scoring 20 goals and playing every minute in every competition in the club’s legendary 55-winning season.
Whilst doubts surround Connor, one of the big man’s Ibrox teammates has hinted he could sign a new contract.