Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson has insisted that his future lies at Ibrox and doesn’t want the lingering contract situation to affect his football as he receives glances from England.
That’s the party line; Connor has had an immense contribution at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard and it is genuinely difficult to imagine this Gers side without his influence.
But as the days, weeks and months tick by, Goldson is yet to sign on the dotted line and whether he or Rangers like it or not, this is giving rise to much conjecture regarding his future.
So long as a new deal for Connor isn’t announced the conversation is going to continue surrounding his future and with that comes doubts and fears that the Gers might lose the defender.
It was only last season that Connor – a rock who played every game and contributed massively to a British clean sheet record season – was being tipped for England.
And it’s those links to England and the international dilemma which surrounds Goldson’s status in Glasgow which may lead some to cast doubts on the player signing a long-term deal.
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The England national team is strewn with talent but at centre-back you’d like to think there are a range of players who could potentially break into the squad, with Connor one of them.
But playing for Rangers in Scotland will be do little to embolden this cause, something which has been highlighted by an article in the Athletic.
A team of some of the most-respected English football journalists compiled a list of seven centre-backs they believe should be playing for their national side
Amongst them included the likes of Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa and Goldson’s ex-Brighton teammate Lewis Dunk. The Gers defender wasn’t even mentioned.
Whilst this is merely the opinion of some journalists, it shows that south of the border they don’t care much for what’s happening up north.
It does cast doubts on what happens next for Connor. The likes of Premier League sides West Ham and Norwich City have also been linked and this is a level similar to those players mentioned.
It’s a level which would likely get him noticed at international level.
Those murmurs are enough to unsettle Rangers supporters who just want the situation resolved with Goldson 12 weeks away from being able to negotiate elsewhere.
But until he puts pen to paper that is likely to continue as Goldson potentially weighs up European qualification and title conquests against making a go of it with his country.
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