Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is “confident” the Ibrox club can tie down defender Connor Goldson on a new deal amid claims the Gers could let the defender leave for free next season.
Goldson, 28, has been a vital component of the Gers side under Gerrard and his importance to the team is summed up by the fact he played every single minute of last season’s legendary campaign.
A £3.5m signing from Brighton in 2018, Connor is entering the final year of his contract and with this an important juncture of his career, it’s got many worried about the player’s short-term future.
However, manager Steven Gerrard was relaxed when asked about the player’s contract situation by Sky Sports this week.
“I’ve got a fantastic personal relationship with Connor,” said Gerrard.
“I brought him up here three years ago and he’s done an incredible job. He’s got stronger and stronger each season.
“He’s very comfortable here, he’s a big leader. We’ve given him big responsibility making him vice-captain of this football club.
“He’s very settled and talks are on-going. I’m confident we can get it to where we need to get it.
“But at the same time we will respect Connor’s space. There’s no need to rush.
“We’ve got that strong personal relationship, his advisers are in touch with the club and things are moving forward.
“Hopefully sooner rather than later we can get him tied down because he’s very important to the team, the club and to me personally because he’s robust, he’s a top player and a leader.
“As a manager those are the type of players you need to rely on.”
That’s certainly all very positive and these comments come after claims appeared in the Athletic suggesting Rangers were relaxed about letting the player’s contract run down.
The suggestion was that Rangers will not sell the defender this summer if he hasn’t signed a new deal with his value to the side more than his transfer value out of the club.
This could’ve seen Connor leave on a free transfer next season after four years at the club.
Goldson was rated as the Ibrox club’s most valuable player in November last year with data analysts 21st Club pricing the defender at a whopping £18m [the Athletic], making him a major asset and this a major call by the club’s hierarchy.
But Connor also made some revealing comments to former club Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of this weekend’s pre-season friendly.
In these quotes, the likeable Rangers ambassador certainly doesn’t sound like he’s got his heart set on anywhere else.
“I’d always had big dreams, but I didn’t know where that would take me. Coming to Scotland, success was the aim from the moment I got here. My first conversation with the gaffer was about getting Rangers back into European football and turning the club around,” said Connor [BHAFC].
“I can’t say I didn’t believe that wouldn’t happen, because I wouldn’t have come up here. I believed in the project the gaffer sold me and we have worked hard every day to make sure that it happened. It has worked out, but now we have won we want to carry it on, to win cups as well as league titles.
“The team we have got now is very strong and we showed that by getting to the Europa League last 16 in the last two years, as well as going undefeated in the league as we won the title. Hopefully this group can stick together for a long time and win even more.”
Whilst Gerrard’s comments are positive, could anyone really begrudge the big man a shot at the Premier League if he continued success into this season?