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Rangers: Goldson new deal is huge for Giovanni van Bronckhorst

After significant speculation that Connor Goldson was set to depart Rangers this summer, the Ibrox outfit surprised fans with the news that the centre-back had signed a new four-year deal with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side earlier this week.

The Englishman, who was heavily linked with a move to newly-promoted Nottingham Forest, could go on to form a superb partnership with new signing John Souttar next season at the heart of Rangers’ defence.

Since signing from Brighton in 2018, the 29-year-old has gone on to make 222 appearances for the Gers, contributing 22 goals and nine assists.

Goldson was a key player in van Bronckhorst’s side this season, with WhoScored awarding him a 7.07 average rating across his 32 appearances in the Premiership, while he also appeared 14 times in the Europa League, as the Teddy Bears reached the final.

Therefore, now the £27k-per-week defender has committed his future to the club, it seems clear that he will continue to be a key man at Ibrox next season, as the Gers look to reclaim the Premiership title and make a strong impression again in Europe.

Considering the disappointing injury records of fellow centre-backs Leon Balogun and Filip Helander, it seems likely that he will partner new signing John Souttar in van Bronckhorst’s 4-3-3 system next season, especially if Calvin Bassey completes a move away from Ibrox.

The 25-year-old has now officially joined Rangers after signing a pre-contract deal in January, and if his performances for Hearts are anything to go by, he will be a stellar addition at Ibrox.

Last season saw Souttar average an impressive 7.12 rating from WhoScored for his performances in the Premiership, which was better than any centre-back in Rangers’ squad would manage.

Both Souttar and Goldson are extremely adept in the air, averaging 3.2 and 3.6 aerials won per game in the Premiership respectively, which suggests that they will be a threat in both boxes next season.

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The latter has been labelled an “absolute mountain” in the past, and if he can continue his impressive form alongside Souttar next season, then they could form a dream partnership for van Bronckhorst’s side.

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