28 Jun 2022 | 08:40 | Football
Conor Goldson has ended speculation over his future by agreeing a new four-year deal with Rangers.
The 29-year-old, who is due to expire this summer, has sparked interest from clubs in the Premier League and Sky Bet Championships, but he has rejected those options to stay at Rangers.
Goldson has been featured in the team since joining from Brighton in 2018, lifted the Scottish Cup with Rangers at the end of the season and played a key role in the club’s progress to the Europa League final .
Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst told the club’s website: “I’m delighted that Conor has agreed to remain a Rangers player because he’s been fantastic for me on and off the pitch since I’ve been here. .
“His leadership has been fantastic, he’s had a huge impact on a lot of players around him, and his consistency means he’s someone I can always count on.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Conor back in preseason in a few weeks and looking forward to working with him again next year.”
Sporting director Ross Wilson added: “Connor is an important player in our group and we are delighted that after all our discussions he has decided to commit his long-term future to Rangers.
“We have a strong relationship with Connor, we have always known this decision is very important to Connor and his young family, and we are prepared to respect his time to make the right decision for all involved.
“I know how strong his feelings for Rangers are and we look forward to continuing this journey with him. With Connor committed to his future and John Sotal officially joining Rangers today, we have formed A strong defensive lineup.”
Sahir Jadkar of Sky Sports:
Goldson’s new deals have been a huge boost for the club after the announcement of Scott Arfield and Steven Davis’ new deals as another key locker room leader signed a new deal season.
The defender’s relationship with the club has been very strong, despite uncertainty over his future after the English club offered him a contract.
It should not be underestimated how important this decision will be for the player of the extended family, who must decide whether he will stay in Glasgow in his 30s or return to the South.
After constant dialogue with the club and sporting director Ross Wilson, Goldson decided Rangers was where he wanted to stay and agreed to a new deal that was within Rangers’ salary structure.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst is understood to be delighted with the deal because of the consistency and strong leadership of his side as the manager plans for the upcoming season.
Goldson is pretty much a regular for the Rangers and has been available as an option in previous seasons.
Rangers fans see this as almost a new signing as many had expected the defender to leave this summer, but with the arrival of John Sutar and the arrival of Leon King, it will be a new signing. The defensive group provides more power.
Swiss striker Cedric Itten has left Rangers to return to his hometown to join the Young Boys for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old signed a four-year contract with the Ibrox club in the summer of 2020 but was allowed to leave after being unable to secure a regular starting spot.
Itten, who scored 9 goals in 49 appearances for Rangers, was loaned to German club Gruthervers in the first half of last season and has now left Govan permanently.
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