By Saikat Mandal

11th May, 2022 | 6:10pm

Brian Laudrup drools over Rangers defender Connor Goldson

Brian Laudrup is confident Rangers will make another attempt to keep hold of Connor Goldson at Ibrox beyond the end of the season.

The former Gers hero has hailed the 29-year-old as “different class”, saying he has been “superb” in recent times.

Goldson has a contract at the club till the end of the season, and he will leave the club on a free transfer.

“Goldson’s mentality has been superb in recent times. He has answered every single question on that front,” wrote Laudrup for the Scottish Daily Mail (11 May, page 74).

“He has been operating under incredibly difficult circumstances because of all the talk about why he hasn’t renewed his contract. I know how tricky a situation that can be.

“He’s been a massive part of this Europa League run. Absolutely essential.

He’s also been vital for Bassey. Goldson seems a natural leader who can put his arm around the younger player and offer bits of advice to help him perform to a much higher level. That’s surely what we’ve seen over recent months.

“Goldson’s value to Rangers is obvious. He’s so strong defensively and also delivers those long-range passes, particularly to James Tavernier, that can be different class at times.

“The contract situation is what it is. I don’t know whether his family might want to move back to England or whether there are other factors involved.

“I feel pretty sure the club will have made further efforts to try and get him to stay. We’ll soon see what the conclusion will be.”

Uncertain

Goldson has been one of the standout players for the Gers this season.

In fact, he has been an epitome of consistency since he joined the club in 2018. Apart from a few phases of dips in form, he has been an outstanding servant for the club.

His contract situation is something the club will have to deal with it. He will leave as a free agent at the end of the season, and losing him for nothing would be a massive blow.

He is a true leader at the back, and his performance in the Europa League this season has been nothing short of sensational.

Rangers will have to plan for their futures in case they don’t reach an agreement.

The club have tried to convince him to stay but it has reached an impasse. The Gers could make one last-ditch effort by offering him a new deal.

The Gers have already signed John Souttar, who will join in the summer as a free agent. He looks like a cracking piece of business for the club.

Similarly, the likes of Calvin Bassey and Leon King are expected to step up next season and fill his void.

In other Rangers news, UEFA are currently holding security meetings with stakeholders to solve ticket issues ahead of the Europa League final.