Steven Gerrard’s comments on Connor Goldson, we must admit, were far from the positive update we sought, despite the headlines claiming otherwise.
The big stopper is of course centre of a 10-month long contract negotiation, and while Ibrox Noise brought you the reason we understand the delay to be caused by, Gerrard’s statement on the former Brighton man’s future was anything but reassuring.
We know Stevie and Goldson are a strong unit, Goldson is absolutely his stormtrooper out there, but while the above comment is reasonable, it’s the next part we have issue with:
This is a disquieting statement – 10 months of negotiations and the club are to ‘respect his space’ with no need to ‘rush’?
It gets a bit worse:
‘Hopefully sooner rather than later’ isn’t terribly optimistic either, and paints a picture of an absolutely preposterous saga which is continuing to frustrate all concerned.
There are only 5 weeks left of this transfer window before Goldson can sign to avoid a ‘final year’ scenario, and the fact the manager is only ‘hopeful’ after this saga began last October is a bit concerning.
‘Respect his space’ sounds like Goldson’s importance has become a little too grand, to tell the truth.
Regulars know we rate him hugely for his displays last season, but no one is indispensable and the club appears to be treating Connor like he is.
We defended his right to ‘exploit’ his own market value, that is his choice and football is a short career, but the language from Stevie about the vice-captain has frankly rubbed us up the wrong way, and we don’t like it at all.
But you may think different.