Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing the remainder of the summer transfer window, what with new manager Steven Gerrard already having stamped his authority on things at Ibrox.
The 37-year-old was confirmed as the club’s new boss earlier this month following the departure of Graeme Murty, and the Liverpool legend has already set about moulding and shaping a squad he hopes can challenge Celtic for domestic honours next season. The experienced duo of Allan McGregor and Scott Arfield have both joined on free transfers, while on-loan winger Jamie Murphy has turned his temporary stay into a permanent one after impressing in the second half of the campaign.
And one man who could be joining the aforementioned trio as summer additions at Ibrox is Brighton & Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson, who has reportedly been the subject of two bids from the Gers, with a third set to follow.
Yet the Light Blues should forget about Goldson, as £3.15 million-rated ace Kyle Bartley (as per Transfermarkt) is the defender Gerrard’s side must seek to land this summer.
Ultimately, while there is little doubting Goldson’s ability and potential, there are concerns among our resident Gers fans regarding the lack of football he has played in the last few years, with the 25-year-old having failed to exceed 30 appearances in any of his last three seasons.
Yes, preventative surgery for a heart issue back in February 2017 has played a part in his lack of gametime in recent years, but even upon return to the team back in August of last year, he still only added a further eight senior appearances for Chris Hughton’s side.
And while Bartley struggled for regular minutes at Swansea City this term, the former Rangers ace had prior to then excelled on loan at Championship side Leeds United in the 2016/17 season, helping Garry Monk’s side to seventh place in the second tier with several impressive displays in the heart of the Whites backline.
And with experience of playing north of the border for the Gers, both as part of a title-winning side and indeed in their first season of financial troubles, the 26-year-old will be well aware of the pressure and expectations of playing for a club of that stature.
Clearly, the centre back department needs bolstering this summer following the departure of David Bates, while on-loan star Russell Martin is unlikely to return to Ibrox come the start of the 2018/19 season.
And while Goldson would likely be a useful addition to the squad, a move for him carries a greater risk than one for ex-Light Blue Bartley, whose prior experience of life in Glasgow alongside his greater amount of football in recent years should prompt Gerrard to forget about Goldson and instead focus on luring Bartley back to the club.
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