Alan Hutton backs Rangers to sign defender in Jan after 'annoying' contract talks
Alan Hutton has backed Rangers to sign a defender in January after ‘annoying’ contract talks with Conor Goldson led to nothing.
Goldson has entered the final six months of his contract at Ibrox and is free to speak to other clubs about a free transfer for the summer.
Rangers have offered him a new contract but are yet to receive an answer, leaving them in the dark about his future plans and their own squad shape.
With the January transfer window wide open now, Sky Sports pundit Alan Hutton believes the club need to move on from the centre-back’s contract situation now and look to bring someone in this month.
“They’ve offered him a contract that’s been on the table for a long time now and he’s decided not to take it for whatever reason.
“He might be holding off to see if he can get the best deal possible to come back down south, but that’s up to him.
“The balls in his court, but as a football club, Rangers need to look at what is best for them.
“If they could bring somebody in now then perfect because that situation eases up a little bit since there’s no pressure to keep him on board.
“I just think that Rangers gave him that opportunity to come up and shine in Scotland and it’s a bit annoying to think he’s running down his contract to see if he can get a better offer.
“If I’m Rangers, I’m looking to bring someone in this window.”
Deal to be done
There are defensive deals to be done for Rangers, who are in the hunt for Hearts’ John Souttar and Vitesse’s Danilho Doekhi [Daily Record] over a winter transfer.
Souttar is said to be preferring a move to Rangers currently [Scottish Daily Express], with Champions League football a big selling point for the 25-year-old.
He has made the decision already that he won’t be staying at Hearts beyond this season, so if Rangers can see off competition from Championship clubs for his signature then there is a very real chance they could bring him in this month.
That would then put pressure on Goldson to make a decision, or possibly even take the decision out of his hands with Rangers deciding to move on without him going forward.
This would be a good way to put the ball back in their court when it comes to planning for the future, but they need to pay up to get the players they want.