Gabriel Agbonlahor has offered his thoughts on Rangers defender Connor Goldson’s future…
Former Premier League forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that Connor Goldson may leave Rangers in order to earn £50k-per-week in the Premier League.
“I don’t know what Rangers are offering him but maybe Rangers can’t pay very well.
“These players, when they’re doing well, they’re going to try and maximise their earnings. They will hear about the crazy money flying about in the Premier League.
“That’s why Odsonne Edouard left Celtic, that’s why Ryan Christie left for Bournemouth because they will offer more money than Celtic.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Goldson and his agents are looking at it and thinking ‘Maybe Rangers can pay £20,000-£30,000-a-week, but maybe we can get £50,000-a-week in the Premier League’. You can’t really blame the player. At his age, it could be his last big deal so he’s got to maximise his earnings.”
Ross Wilson must sanction offering the type of big contract offer that Goldson could get in the Premier League in order to keep him at the club. He is reportedly on £27k-per-week at the moment and a big boost to his pay packet could persuade him to put pen to paper and commit his long-term future to the Gers.
It would be a disaster for Rangers if they watch one of their key performers leave the club for nothing next summer because they refused to match what the likes of West Ham could potentially offer him. Losing Goldson on a free transfer would be a bitter blow for the fans to take, given how important he has been in recent seasons.
Gerrard once hailed the ex-Brighton man as a mountain for the club, praising his on and off the pitch leadership. He told The Scotsman: “Connor has been an absolute mountain for this team, a warrior.
“I can’t describe to you how well he has done for this team, not just in terms of what you have seen on the pitch but also his leadership on the inside of the club and his availability every single day.”
This shows how highly Gerrard rates him behind the scenes and his statistics on the pitch back up his overall impact on the side. He started 38 Premiership matches last season and Rangers accrued an incredible 26 clean sheets in that time, with Goldson averaging a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.39.
Therefore, Wilson must avoid a disaster by offering Goldson a bumper new deal before the January transfer window. Keeping him would be a major boost to the club, given what he was able to achieve last year.