As we alluded to earlier, Connor Goldson still hasn’t signed a new deal, and while we’ve discussed the reasons in past pieces, end of the day they don’t really matter.
10 months Rangers have been trying to get Goldson tied down, and manager Steven Gerrard confirmed at the start of the year he and the board were trying to persuade both Goldson and Kamara to ‘commit’.
Which has riled a lot of fans, especially in Goldson’s case.
In Kamara’s case, we understand and know he’s a valuable asset and with a brilliant Euros his head may well be looking at the impending offers from the PL. He doesn’t owe us anything, and if we sell, we’ll make a stunning profit on him. His staying or leaving is win win.
Goldson is a bit different. We saved his career from the scrapheap, and for the first 24 months of his time at Ibrox, he was average at best a lot of the time. He wasn’t terribly popular and indeed became a figure of criticism for being immune from dropping, despite his form. He turned it around hugely last season, but seems to have used his newfound value to Rangers against the club somewhat by not signing a deal.
As we said before, football is a short career and there’s really no moral outrage justified in players making use of their stock and value when it’s at its peak.
It’s a 20-year career max and footballers want to get the maximum return they can.
But in Goldson’s case the dragging on of these negotiations are leaving a more sour taste than usual for some fans, due to the fact we did resurrect his career when no one else was taking a chance on him, AND he was wasn’t terribly good for the first two years at Ibrox.
Some fans believe he owes the club a little something.
Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t – but the longer these talks keep going, the more we have to plan for the possibility of selling him to avoid losing him for nothing. The window only has 6+ weeks left and if he hasn’t signed a new deal within a few weeks Goldson may have to be sold to avoid losing him for zero next year.
It’s not a situation Steven Gerrard wants or needs, but Rangers will need to plan for every eventuality this summer. Including life possibly without the vice-captain.