Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson has hinted that he turned down the opportunity to return to the Premier League to sign a new deal at Ibrox.

The 29-year-old centre-back surprised fans by announcing a new four-year deal at Ibrox which will see him tied to the club until 2026.

A monumental figure in the Ibrox dressing room and on the pitch, we don’t need to tell fans how massive this news is for the club and support.

Not only do Rangers retain the services of a player who is undoubtedly the most well-rounded defender in Scotland, but they also save themselves millions of pounds worth of potential investment in a replacement too.

The deal has been met with delight in the Rangers support, the feeling amongst the fans evidence of how much the club appreciates Connor even if the love for Goldson isn’t always immediately apparent.

Connor is a huge player for the club and we should be delighted Rangers have secured this deal.

Rangers icon Connor Goldson hints at Premier League options

Taking to social media after signing the new contract, Connor Goldson also suggested that he turned down Premier League offers to embrace the winning mentality at Ibrox.

The defender had been extensively linked to Premier League newboys Nottingham Forest in the run up to signing a new contract.

“There’s been so many rumours, so many fake articles, so many negative comments,” writes Goldson on Instagram.

“I haven’t once said a thing. I tried to concentrate on football and all I wanted to do was win.

“I’ve took one week to make my decision. My dream as a kid was to play week in, week out in the Premier League, but Rangers Football Club has become a big part of mine and my families lives.

“The expectations, the standards, the need to win. It’s something I love and have become used to.

“A massive thank you to my wife for helping me, my agent for trusting me, and the club to keep believing in me. I hope we continue this memorable journey together.”

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It’s clear that the lure of winning prizes and the pressure of having to win week in week out is attractive to any player and the Connor Goldson contract will surely stand as some of the best news of the summer.

Not only is the defender a player of genuine Premier League quality, but his consistency and availability makes him almost irreplaceable.

Meanwhile, Rangers have been proven right in their stance regarding two players who could potentially make the club £41m in transfer fees.

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