Kenny Miller predicts Connor Goldson's Rangers future with potential European glory ahead
Kenny Miller believes reaching the Europa League final could convince “sensational” Connor Goldson to extend his stay at Rangers.
The centre-back’s contract is due to expire in the summer but has been playing like a “man possessed” as Gers have overcome team after team to give themselves the chance to lift a first European trophy in 50 years.
Both Scott Arfield and Alex Lowry have recently signed new contracts to stay at Ibrox, and former Light Blues striker Miller hopes that 29-year-old Goldson could follow suit.
In his Daily Record column Miller said: “It tells you everything about Connor Goldson as a character that with just weeks left of his Rangers contract, he’s playing like a man possessed.
“And after reaching the Europa League Final, I just wonder if it might make him stay at Ibrox.
“If Connor leaves he will probably realise that sometimes the grass isn’t always greener.
“When you leave Rangers you think: “Should I have done that?” I was lucky, I did it twice and managed to get back.
“If he’s already decided to go, I hope winning in Seville would maybe change his mind. Because I think he’d be a big loss.”
All on the line
The result in the final has so much riding on it already in terms of both how this season is viewed, and the level the club will be playing at next year, but the future of some first-team regulars may also hinge on it.
The riches of the English Premier League may be too much to resist for some players, but Champions League football at Ibrox as reigning Europa League champions is also a big draw.
The money that would come with a place in the group stage of the top competition would also help extend the stays of some players.
The likes of Allan McGregor and Alfredo Morelos’ future at the club may be in the balance as well.
But, while he has produced wonders in Europe with these players, Giovanni van Bronckhorst inherited all of his key performers.
He will have decisions to make of his own as to whether he feels he can upgrade on any of them.
John Souttar will be arriving in the summer but Leon Balogun is not certain to stay and Filip Helander is entering the final year of his deal.
Calvin Bassey has developed into a standout but is still arguably better at left-back, so even if there are additions in the summer, the situation would feel a lot safer with Goldson on board.