By Daniel Feliciano

22nd Apr, 2022 | 6:40am

Barry Ferguson urges Connor Goldson to extend deal to stay at Rangers

Barry Ferguson believes Connor Goldson would have realised there is no place like Ibrox and has tipped the defender to stay at Rangers this summer.

Goldson is out of contract this summer, with the Scottish Cup final against Hearts currently set to be his final game in blue.

But former captain Ferguson, writing in his Daily Record column, believes that the celebrations after wins over Braga and Celtic may have seen the penny drop that he’ll never experience anything like Glasgow anywhere else.

“There is no place like Ibrox,” he said. “There is no other club that comes close to Rangers. I realised it when it was too late. But there’s still time for Goldson.

“As a matter of fact, I’m sure the penny will have dropped and especially over the last week or so.

“I was a young kid when I first experienced these kinds of scenes. But Goldson is a 29-year-old man. He spent the first eight years of his career at Shrewsbury and Brighton. In other words, he came up the hard way to get to this high point.

“So deep down inside he must be asking himself, where does he go from here? Because you could almost see him realising that he’ll never feel joy like this anywhere else. He looked almost overwhelmed by it all.

“But over the last four years the guy has been a colossus and I’m sure the vast majority of Rangers fans would agree. The guy’s stats alone make him invaluable to the club. He’s been a mainstay – a rock – and the club would struggle to find anyone capable of filling his size elevens.

“Just as he would struggle with coming back down to earth with a bump at some other place.”

Leader

The Rangers squad in recent years has been full of leaders but aside from captain James Tavernier, there is no bigger leader than Goldson around.

He leads by example with stellar performance after stellar performance and is as reliable as they come for the manager, almost always available and playing at a high level.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already brought in John Souttar for next season on a free transfer from Hearts, with many mooting him as a replacement for Goldson.

However a partnership with the two together seems far more appealing for the Bears and the club should be doing all they can to ensure that is an option for them.

They may need to offer a big pay-rise to convince him not to move back down south, but he’d be worth every penny. He’s the best defender at the club by a distance and makes those around him better. Rangers should do everything they can to keep him.

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