Rangers defender Connor Goldson is looking increasingly likely to leave the club when his contract expires this summer.
That’s the view of Gers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who whilst not giving up hope of tying the influential centre-back down, considers the club increasingly resigned to losing their vice-captain.
Signed for £3.5m from Brighton in 2018, Connor Goldson has gone on to cement himself as a stalwart in the Rangers side over the course of the last four seasons.
Making a remarkable 395 appearances for the club in that time, the now 29-year-old played every game of the legendary 55 season and has even churned out 60 appearances this season.
Rangers are of course eager to tie down a player of Connor Goldson’s ability on a new contract but according to van Bronckhorst this is looking less and less likely.
“Small” chance Connor Goldson will sign new Rangers deal
“Regarding Connor, the club has been in talks with him to extend his contract. So far he didn’t extend it,” said van Bronckhorst, ahead of the Scottish Cup Final v Hearts [Rangers].
“But, the chance he will still be a Rangers player tomorrow I think will be small but as I said, I would love to have Connor in the team next year.
“As you see quite a lot when players get out of contract, there are two possibilities. To keep playing for Rangers or move on and to have another challenge.
“I still have in my mind that he will be a part of Rangers next season. If that’s my feeling or the reality we will have to watch in the coming weeks.
“I think Connor has been amazing for this team in all these years as a Rangers player.
“If it will be his last game tomorrow, I don’t know right now.”
It certainly sounds like Connor Goldson’s sights are set elsewhere ahead of next season and if he does move on then Rangers fans will wish him all the best but move on quickly themselves.
Connor Goldson has been a great servant to the club but is not without his flaws – even if replacing his consistency and leadership will be difficult – so if he doesn’t sign a new contract it’s a case of thank you for your service but we need to put the focus back on Rangers.
Goldson isn’t the only one with major doubts surrounding a new deal with one key Rangers first-teamer having potentially already played his final game for the club.