Rangers could let the contract of key player Connor Goldson run down before letting the defender leave on a free, it has been claimed.
The Athletic’s Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell believes that Rangers understand Goldson’s importance to the side and won’t sell him this summer.
Campbell claims that the Gers are content to let the player walk out the door come next summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal before then.
Goldson, 28, has one year left remaining on his current deal and has yet to sign on the dotted line, something which has made some supporters nervous.
However, it is reassuring to hear that the club are calm in this regard ahead of what promises to be a pivotal season in Scottish football.
Rangers have the opportunity to qualify for the Champions League group stages through qualification rounds but the winner of this year’s Scottish Premiership enters the tournament automatically next season due to an improved coefficient.
Qualification for the Champions League is believed to worth north of £30m+ and should Rangers secure this back-to-back, they will be in a much better position financially.
The club’s best chance of doing that is by retaining Connor who – if he doesn’t sign – many would feel could leave this summer.
The defender has been a gargantuan presence for Rangers ever since coming into the club for £3.5m in 2018.
Goldson’s contribution is exemplified by the fact the Rangers vice-captain played every single minute of last season’s legendary campaign.
With injuries and uncertainty in the centre-back position, Goldson has been the one great constant at the back and replacing him right now appears a sizeable task.
Perhaps the Gers would be best to retain Goldson’s services, giving themselves more time to sort a suitable replacement without weakening the side.