Defensive puzzle amid three potential contracts for Rangers

Defensive puzzle amid three potential contracts for Rangers
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According to Jordan Campbell at the Athletic, Connor Goldson will not be signing a new deal (if he was going to, surely he would have by now) in a statement which isn’t quite ‘ITK’ in truth, but more commenting on the slightly obvious.

Which does beg the question of how the club proceeds going forward.

Filip Helander should be available by the end of this month, and everyone is loving the return of Leon Balogun.

John Souttar will arrive in the summer, and those Danilho Doehki rumours persist, with the Dutch stopper making a choice once his contract expires.

We may also have the returning Niko Katic as well.

All of which could see a lot of change in defence over the coming months.

If Goldson isn’t signing a new deal, he’s surely going to start being dropped more, because we want to give minutes to players who are committed to staying.

Balogun is, of course, in the same boat as Goldson in that his deal expires this summer, but there could be a sense of wanting to extend him such is his experience and quality when he is fit. And the likelihood he’d want to stay.

And then there’s the fit-again Helander. Surely he’ll get more time on the pitch towards the end of the season, as he regains fitness and tries to assert himself for next season.

All of which means next season could well be Helander, Souttar, Doekhi, Katic and Balogun if he signs.

Which is decent in truth, but the lack of certainty over Goldson (with little but guesses) means we’re all left somewhat in the dark.

Sooner the defence is sorted permanently the better.

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  1. I like Balogun but he’s spent more time on the treatment table than the pitch. Time to move on. I don’t think you’ll see much of Helander once fit. He’ll be well short of match fitness and now is not the time to start messing around. Goldson needs to play, we’ve got a league title to win and that means playing your best team. Anyway I’m not convinced he will move on if he doesn’t get a club that suits his ambitions. If Katic was coming back I think it would’ve happened in the last window. As for Souttar he has had major injury problems in the past and must be a risk. We definitely need at least one if Goldson goes and we move on Balogun.

  2. Sorry i just posted a comment on another article that talks about what you mentioned here. I hadnt read this one yet lol.

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