Connor Goldson ended speculation about his future by agreeing to a new four-year deal with Rangers.
The 29-year-old, who was out of action this summer, has attracted interest from clubs in the Premier League and Sky Betting Championship, but has refused those approaches to stay with Rangers.
Goldson has always been on the team since joining Brighton in 2018 and lifted the Scottish Cup with the Rangers at the end of the season and played a key role in the club’s run to the Europa League final.
Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst told the club’s website: “I’m glad Connor has agreed to remain a Rangers player as he has been amazing to me both on and off the pitch since I arrived.
“His leadership is outstanding, and he’s a huge influence on so many players around him, while his consistency of performance means he’s someone I can always trust.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Connor again for preseason in a few weeks and working with him again next year.”
Sports director Ross Wilson added: “Connor is a major player in our group and we are delighted that after all our discussions, he has decided to transfer his long-term future to Rangers.
“We have a strong relationship with Connor and we are always aware that this decision was really important for Connor and his young family, and we were willing to respect the time for him to make the right decision for all concerned.
“I know how strong his feeling is for Rangers and we look forward to continuing the journey with him. With Connor committing to his future and John Souttar also officially joining Rangers today we have assembled a strong defensive unit.”
“Goldson family wanted Rangers to stay”
Sahil Jaidka of Sky Sports:
After announcing new deals for Scott Arfield and Steven Davis, Goldson’s new contract is a huge boost for the club as another key leader in the dressing room signs for the new season.
The defender’s relationship has always remained very strong with the club, despite uncertainty about his future following contract offers from clubs in England.
It should not be underestimated how important this decision was for the player, who is a big family man and had to decide whether he would be in Glasgow on his 30s or go back south.
Following an ongoing dialogue with the club and sporting director Ross Wilson, Goldson decided that Rangers was where he wanted to stay and agreed to a new deal that is within Rangers’ salary structure.
It is understood that Giovanni van Bronckhorst is delighted with the deal as it maintains consistency in its squad and strong leadership as the manager plans ahead for the coming seasons.
Goldson is almost always present for Rangers and has always been available for pick during previous seasons.
Rangers fans believe this is almost a new signing, as many expected the defender to leave this summer, but will give more strength to the defense group with John Souttar also joining and the appearance of Leon King.
Itten goes on
Swiss striker Cedric Itten left Rangers and returned to his homeland to join Young Boys for an unknown fee.
The 25-year-old signed for the Ibrox club on a four-year contract in the summer of 2020, but was allowed to leave after failing to rule a regular starting spot.
Itten, who has scored nine goals in 49 appearances for Rangers, spent the first half of last season on loan at German club Greuther Furth and has now left Govan on a permanent basis.
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