Rangers fans should be celebrating the notion that Connor Goldson won’t be leaving the club this January – because if he did we’d be gambling a £40m Champions League jackpot.

The big defender is now in the final six months of his contract and as things stand the centre-back is yet to sign a new deal at Ibrox.

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But such is the importance of the ex-Brighton defender to this Rangers team, if the Gers were to lose Connor Goldson now it is an almighty risk ahead of the rest of the season.

Rangers – and Old Firm rivals Celtic – are both well aware that there is a massive golden carrot of Champions League group stage qualification for this year’s title winners.

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Depending on where you read, that could be worth up to £40m for the side that qualifies, something which would give the title winner an almighty advantage in the years ahead.

Connor Goldson vital to Rangers and can help secure Champions League jackpot

Connor Goldson was an ever-present last season and – had it not been for Covid-19 issues – he’d have likely been the same for Rangers this year.

Whilst there have been complaints about his level or performance and his commitment – most vehemently in the aftermath of that defeat to Hibs – Connor remains vital to the team.

Since Giovanni van Bronckhorst came into Ibrox, Goldson has recaptured some of the form from the last campaign and much talk surrounding his contract has cooled.

But as we entered January – and with his current deal ticking down – there were fears that the likes of Premier League Aston Villa could tempt Connor Goldson away from Rangers.

Reports are now claiming that Rangers are readying an extension offer for the player but are prepared to see him move on for free in the summer.

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However, it’s claimed that no matter what happens Rangers won’t let Connor Goldson leave this January with the focus on retaining the Scottish Premiership title.

Whether Goldson extends beyond the summer or not, keeping him around till then allows Rangers to hedge their bets in the hunt for that £40m Champions League prize.

In other transfer news, read how one ex-Rangers star can help convince a reported Ibrox target to make the switch to Glasgow.

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