Conor Goldson is close to securing a move to Rangers Football Club and it is expected that the official announcement will happen in the next 48 hours. After few initials bids which were rejected, it seems that Brighton and Hove Albion finally gave in and allowed the defensive ace to join the Ibrox Stadium.
The final fee is said to be in the region of £3.5m and the move certainly looks good on paper as the Gers were in need of defensive stability. The Wolverhampton born defender found it tough to break into the Seagulls team last season but he will certainly play an important role for Steven Gerrard next season.
His former manager from Shrewsbury Town, Micky Mellon, went on to claim the move for the defender could be a shrewd piece of business for the Gers. He said,”Signing Connor Goldson would be a clever bit of recruitment by Steven Gerrard. There’s a lot of good young players underneath the first-team level in the Premier League but few with Connor’s experience.”
He further added,“I spoke to Connor a couple of days ago because he still rings me. And knowing the character and leader he is he is going there to improve and will meet the challenge of playing for Rangers head on.
“I won’t be surprised if he makes the England squad because he is that good. You don’t buy players for £3m unless they can play.
“He’ll be determined to get better and better with the backing of Steven Gerrard and playing for a club with the profile of Rangers I have no doubt he’ll be pushing for the England squad.”
The Englishman failed to break into the Seagulls eleven as the likes of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk had formed a formidable partnership at the back which helped them to survive in the Premier League. The 25-year-old made 11 appearances in all competitions out of which only 3 came in the Premier League.
Goldson has all the abilities to be a top centre-back as he is calm and composed on the ball and reads the game well. He is one of those modern centre backs who can play out from the back which will certainly benefit Steven Gerrard.
The Gers conceded 50 goals in the league last season and had the worst defensive record from the top 7 sides. It was clear that Gerrard’s first duty at the Ibrox would have been to solidify the leaking defence and the signing of Goldson will certainly go in a long way in achieving that. The 25-year-old is young but has a good amount of experience and one can expect him to lead the backline in the upcoming season.