Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson is being considered for a January transfer by Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa, according to a leading football journalist.

Pete O’Rourke is claiming that Rangers star Goldson – whose contract expires come the end of the season – is “in the frame” for a move to Birmingham.

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Connor Goldson is a key player for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This comes with Rangers currently at a stalemate in contract negotiations and Connor free to discuss terms elsewhere come January.

Speaking to Give me Sport, Pete O’Rourke explains that the defender’s contract situation may see Aston Villa launch a cut-price move in January.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

“One of the names in the frame would be Connor Goldson, who is yet to sign a new deal at Rangers,” said O’Rourke.

“I think his contract is up in the summer, so Villa might be able to get him for relatively cheap in January.”

It’s not the first time that Connor Goldson has been linked to Aston Villa either, the ex-Brighton and Shrewsbury stopper with the Daily Record claiming a £2m move could be on the cards in January [print: 12/11/21, p.7].

Connor Goldson a key player for Rangers amid Aston Villa links

Like almost everyone in the team, Connor Goldson has experienced a bounce under new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst in recent weeks.

So much so that the 29-year-old centre-half was back to playing those long-raking passes over the top that were a feature of our play last season. See Joe Aribo’s goal v Hearts.

But the question over the defender’s contract has been hanging over Connor all season long and multiplies frustration when Goldson has an off day.

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Connor Goldson has made 192 appearances for Rangers, scoring 17 goals and laying on seven assists. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Rangers at a pivotal juncture in their season and title rivals still hot on our heels, if Connor is to leave Ibrox then Rangers will need to find a player just as influential to replace him.

Connor Goldson joined Rangers under Steven Gerrard in 2018 in a reported £3.5m deal from Brighton and has gone on to cement himself as a mainstay at the heart of the defence.

Rangers have been linked to a range of defensive options ahead of the January window but none more so than one of the top performers in Scotland.

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