Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson is a leading figure for the Ibrox club but according to some reports the defender could be set to join Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa.
The ex-Brighton centre-back, 28, was amongst the first signings of the Gerrard tenure and was a vital component of the 55-winning side, playing every minute last season.
But things have been difficult for Connor this campaign as his contract runs down and the Rangers team leak more goals in the first few months of the footballing calendar than they did in most of last season.
As Gerrard left for Villa there’s a growing sentiment that it’s going to be even harder to get Goldson to commit to Ibrox and a feeling that perhaps the player’s time is nearing its end.
Whilst Rangers fans are certainly grateful for his contribution to 55, if Goldson isn’t committed plenty would rather see us cash in this January than lose him for free.
According to Rincon Escoces, this is exactly what Gio van Bronckhorst believes will happen with Goldson a cost-effective option for the Aston Villa backroom team.
“Giovanni van Bronckhorst has communicated to Rangers the need to look for a centre back to reinforce the squad because he believes that Connor Goldson will go to Aston Villa with Steven Gerrard, and has even put on the table the name of an Eredivisie defender,” tweets the account.
This comes after the Daily Record [12/11/21, p.7] claimed that £2m could be enough to tempt Rangers with Goldson “unlikely” to sign a new deal.
If Connor Goldson does go to Aston Villa, who could replace him at Rangers?
Attention would then turn to who Rangers look towards to replace such an influential figure with Rincon Escoces suggesting Vitesse captain Danilho Doekhi could be an option.
With the defender, 23, previously being linked, the promise of a Dutch coach if Gio does come to Ibrox, and the fact his contract Doekhi’s contract is expiring come the summer too, there’s plenty to like about these links.
But closer to home there have also been continuing links to Scotland and Hearts defender John Souttar, who represents a solid option for a number of reasons.
Not only is Souttar, 25, a talented defender whose career is finally taking off after a series of injuries, but he knows the league, is a commanding presence and can play a bit too.
The centre-back is also out of contract come the end of the season and helps fill the homegrown player quota in European competition.
Rangers have once again been linked to the player via the Daily Mail [17/11/21, print edition p.78], who claim Hearts could accept £500k for Souttar in January.
But should Rangers be seriously interested, then they face competition from up to nine English clubs with teams in the English Championship and MLS quoted as being interested.
Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers head the list with the Daily Mail admitting Souttar is “likely to settle upon a move south”.
Perhaps Rangers can convince him otherwise.
Souttar made a triumphant return to the Scottish national side during the international break and marked it with a goal in an historic Hampden victory over Denmark.