By Daniel Feliciano

19th Apr, 2022 | 8:10am

Richard Gough tells Rangers they must keep Connor Goldson this summer

Rangers must do all they can to keep defender Connor Goldson this summer, according to club legend Richard Gough speaking to Daily Record.

Goldson is expected to leave Ibrox this summer when his contract expires at the end of the season, but Rangers are keen to keep him at the club on fresh terms.

Now Gough, who won nine league titles in a row with the blues, believes Goldson knows he won’t join a bigger club in Britain if he leaves and that the club would have to pay up to £8m to replace him.

“You see scenes like yesterday and they might just give him food for thought,” he said. “Does he want to give that up?

“He’s a good football player; a modern day centre back and like James Tavernier, his appearance record is phenomenal. He hardly ever misses a game.

“Rangers have got to make a decision. To get someone of his quality to replace him could cost them £6, 7, 8 million, so do they say to him, there’s a long term contract on big money?

“He’s one of the experienced boys and seems to be good in the dressing room. He looks after himself and doesn’t seem to be a problem off the field.

“If Rangers could keep him, I’m sure they would. But we don’t know his family situation…maybe they want to go back down south.

“Connor knows himself that he won’t play for a bigger club in Britain. He might get more money but he won’t play at a club where he has to win every game. It’s a constant pressure and there’s nothing like it.

“He’ll have seen that on Sunday. He’ll know that if he goes, he’s not going to play in the semi final of a European competition again. This is an experience of a lifetime for him.”

Colossus

Goldson has been a key man in the Rangers defence for years now, and that hasn’t changed under Giovanni van Bronckhorst this season in their run in the cup competitions.

The club have already made a play to bring in John Souttar this summer on a free transfer from Hearts, but his injury problems mean the club simply cannot rely on him to be the full-time replacement.

Goldson is a leader, with all the attributes that a modern day centre-back needs and the fans absolutely adore him.

If the club are keen to push on next season from the successes they’ve had in the Europa League, as well as the domestic competitions, then they need to find a way to keep their top players at the club and build.

Goldson falls into that bracket of player and without him Rangers are weaker. Any replacement would take a significant chunk out of their budget for the summer, so if they can get a deal done to make him stay they should be doing it.

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