An update has emerged on Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson, regarding interest from elsewhere in the Ibrox defender…
Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that the defender appears set to be a target for ex-Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa heading into the upcoming transfer window, due to his current contract situation.
“One of the names in the frame would be Connor Goldson, who is yet to sign a new deal at Rangers.
“I think his contract is up in the summer, so Villa might be able to get him for relatively cheap in January.”
Rangers fans will surely be livid by this claim from O’Rourke as he has suggested that Villa will be looking at Goldson as a serious transfer target. Gerrard, of course, knows him well and may want to bring him south of the border to England to bolster his new squad.
The centre-back’s contract is up next summer and it remains to be seen whether or not he is open to putting pen to paper on an extension. This means that the Gers could be vulnerable to a foreign club signing him on a pre-contract deal in January, whether that is Villa or another side, and this is a major cause for concern for Gio van Bronckhorst.
It could be easier for Rangers to convince Goldson to extend his terms with no clubs vying to sign him, as there would be no alternative option that tempts him into leaving. However, O’Rourke’s update appears to show that will not be the case and Villa may look to test the defender’s resolve by making a swoop for him.
He has played 197 games for the club to date, winning one Premiership title, and has proven himself to be a top performer at this level. Last season, he averaged a terrific WhoScored rating of 7.38 in the league and he has averaged a score of 7.12 this term, winning at least 3.6 aerial battles per game across both seasons.
This highlights his importance to Rangers and why fans will be livid by Villa’s interest in him, as he has been a consistently excellent centre-back in the league.
He has shown that he can be relied upon week-in-week-out and losing a player with that quality could be a major blow to the side, which is why supporters will be gutted if he joins the English side.