Claims from the PL today allege the delay on Connor Goldson’s new deal at Ibrox is down to interest from some unnamed top flight clubs down south, and the Englishman’s reluctance to commit to Rangers long term amidst that potential return home.
The classy stopper, who had such a sterling season last campaign, is interesting a number of teams in the PL keen to have an experienced top-level defender at a good age with Goldson’s consistency in their ranks, and the 28-year old defender is considering his options.
Going into the last year of his contract, Goldson would find a Rangers exit easier than many think – Rangers would not want to lose him for nothing next summer, so his price, despite being indispensable to Steven Gerrard, would not be a huge drag for any PL side seeking his services.
As such, the stopper is considering his options – does he want to use this chance to get a decent PL side and the Promised Land of the Premier League (he has just 3 career appearances at that level), or does he want to give the Champions League a shot at Ibrox.
There’s also the question of wages, and Goldson’s perception of his own value now.
In some ways it’s a little disappointing that he isn’t seemingly committed to Rangers, after all this club and Steven Gerrard gave him his career back.
But football is a short career and Goldson wants to maximise his return while he is still valuable, and we don’t completely blame him for that.
We’ll see if he signs on Rangers’ dotted line soon or is tempted by the switch south.