Despite managing to win all of the four games he’s had in charge of Rangers since being appointed as their new manager, Giovanni van Bronckhorst could be heading for his first misstep at the club regarding the future of defender Connor Goldson at Ibrox.
With it recently being reported that Goldson has rejected a Rangers contract offer and is eyeing a Premier League return, it should be a main priority at the club at the moment for them to make the defender change his mind and pledge his future to the club.
Since joining Rangers back in the 2018 summer transfer window from Brighton & Hove Albion in a deal worth a reported fee of around £3m, Goldson has gone on to make a total of 188 appearances for the Scottish club across all competitions, scoring 17 goals and providing five assists in the process, showing how important he has been for the team since his arrival.
Described as a player that has “incredible leadership” by former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, Goldson has played in 26 games so far this season across all competitions, completing the full 90 minutes in every league game he’s appeared in.
In those league games, the 28-year-old, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £27k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has shown what a defensive unit he is by racking up an average of 3.6 clearances per game, 1.1 tackles per game and winning 67% of his duels.
With that in mind, losing him would be nothing short of a big mistake from Gers who would undoubtedly be losing one of their most important figures.
Goldson said when he joined the club that playing under Gerrard was a big factor in his decision to sign for Rangers, so it’s not surprising to hear that now the Liverpudlian has left, Goldson supposedly doesn’t want to continue at Ibrox under van Bronckhorst.
Despite his apparent rejection of a new contract, Rangers should not give up on keeping hold of Goldson and consider offering him a new and improved deal that could persuade him to stay under their new manager given how important he has been for them.
It’s clear looking at how many appearances he’s made this season that playing time would not be an issue for Goldson under their new Dutch boss, who now must convince the defender to stay at the club.
Moving forward, unless Goldson is adamant that he won’t be signing a new deal with Rangers, then the club could either see if they can pick up a fee for him in January or risk losing him on a free transfer when his current contract expires in the summer, which would be a rather large mistake given how many more years he could potentially offer the club.