By Nick Ware

7th Apr, 2021 | 7:23pm

Scott McDermott: Connor Goldson next in line for new Rangers contract

Rangers ever-present Connor Goldson will be the next first-team star to be offered a new deal at the club, according to Sunday Mail journalist Scott McDermott.

The Light Blues have tied down a number of integral players in recent weeks including Allan McGregor, James Tavernier and Steven Davis [Club website], as they look to secure the services of their seasoned professionals who have been vital in securing title No.55.

Speaking on the Record Rangers Podcast [07/04/21], McDermott claims Goldson, who manager Steven Gerrard called his “true warrior” in February [Scottish Sun], will be the next recipient of a contract extension offer.

“I think we called it, well I certainly did,” he said.

“Basically it was as I thought it would be on Rangers contract renewals, it was all left until the title was won and slowly but surely now they’re going through one by one what I called at the time the ‘powers’ of that dressing room, ie McGregor, Davis, Tavernier.

“I’m sure, almost certain, Connor Goldson will be next.”

Setting the Gold standard

There has arguably been no player more important to our success this season than the 28-year-old defender.

Goldson is the only member of the Light Blues squad to have played in every single one of our 49 games this season and he has marshalled the defence to some unbelievable numbers.

In 33 Premiership games so far the Gers goal has been breached just 10 times – that’s less than half of Celtic’s total [24], while we are still unbeaten in the league as we eye a season of invincibility.

The only defeats we have suffered in the entire campaign have been in the League Cup [3-2 v St Mirren] and in the Europa League [2-0 to Slavia Prague].

Therefore Goldson has been on the losing side just twice in 49 outings this season and that means a winning mentality has been instilled into his psyche.

His importance cannot just be underlined by numbers as he, along with McGregor, Tavernier and Davis, are the true leaders of this group under Gerrard’s tutelage.

It’s surely only a matter of time before we see Goldson put pen to paper and extend his current contract which runs out in 2022 [Transfermarkt].

In other Rangers news, Gers loanee set for surgery with length of absence mooted by manager.