Former Glasgow Rangers defender Alan Hutton hopes that the club will offer a new contract to Connor Goldson but fears that the in-demand centre-back will depart in the summer.
Football Insider reported that the 27-year-old is on the transfer radar of English quartet West Ham, Leeds, West Brom and Fulham, with the Ibrox club placing a £6m price tag on the defender.
Hutton would like to see the ‘Gers tying him down to a new deal but said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the club sought to cash in on him should they receive a tempting offer.
He told Football Insider: “It’s going to be difficult if some of the bigger teams come calling but I think maybe it’s time that Rangers look to offer him a new contract, maybe hold him down if you like.
“He’s 27 now, he’s obviously getting to the peak, he’ll probably be looking to tie himself down for the next few years so hopefully it is Rangers because he has done excellently well. However, I think if the price is right then maybe it’s one Rangers will look to cash in on.”
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It is not difficult to see why Hutton feels that the ‘Gers should seek to secure his future at the club but could also justify taking the money if the right offer comes in.
Goldson is a firm favourite of manager Steven Gerrard, playing more minutes than anyone else at Ibrox this season and being ever-present in their Premiership and Europa League campaigns. His aerial prowess, reflected in winning 3.7 headers per game, marks him out as a vital member of the Light Blues’ defence and he can also be effective at the other end of the pitch, chipping in with four goals and two assists in 2019/20.
However, with the spread of coronavirus forcing the football season to grind to a halt in mid-March and the Scottish leagues subsequently being abandoned, the club’s finances will have taken a substantial hit from not having any matchday revenue in nearly three months. As noted by Football Insider, the financial impact of COVID-19 on football clubs could see Goldson’s £6m valuation reduced, so if an offer in the region of that amount is made, it could indeed be hard for the ‘Gers to turn it down.
Hutton is quite right in identifying the catch-22 situation presented by the defender’s future. As things stand, the club would probably be justified either way whether they choose to safeguard his role at Ibrox or raise some welcome funds by accepting an adequate offer for him.
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