Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson has reportedly attracted interest from the English Championship.
Football Insider reported on Wednesday that Fulham are plotting a bid to sign the 27-year-old, with the London-based club seeking to bolster their defensive options in the January transfer window. However, according to Football Insider, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard would likely be unwilling to let him leave, with the club expected to demand more than the £3m they paid for him in summer 2018.
It is a sign of how highly Gerrard rates Goldson that nobody else has featured more for Rangers this season, with the 27-year-old playing every single minute in the Premiership and their European campaign. The only match he has missed so far is the Betfred Cup clash against East Fife in August, when Gerrard made 10 changes to his starting line-up.
The ex-Brighton defender has proven to be a strong aerial presence for the ‘Gers this season, winning an average of 4.7 headers per game, a figure that is bettered only by fellow centre-back Nikola Katic (six), as per WhoScored. In addition to winning aerial duels defensively, Goldson has also put his head to good use at the other end of the pitch – all three of his Premiership goals so far this season have been headers – although at 1.91m (6 ft 4), maybe it’s not wholly surprising that he possesses such aerial aptitude.
The 27-year-old’s ability in the air makes up for his deficiencies in terms of tackling – he has only won 0.2 tackles per game this season. He has also had some less than stellar outings over the course of the campaign, with an error against Celtic gifting Odsonne Edouard a goal and some Rangers fans delivering withering assessments of his performances at home to Feyenoord and away to Aberdeen.
However, Gerrard only has three fit senior centre-backs at the moment (Goldson, Katic, George Edmundson) with Filip Helander sidelined due to a foot injury, while young Lewis Mayo is expected to go out on loan to Partick Thistle (as per Daily Record).
Goldson may have had some difficult games during the season but he clearly has huge faith from his manager, while he has demonstrated his value to the team with his aerial strength both defensively and attacking-wise.
Also, with Helander injured, Rangers are not in a position to let their most regular centre-back depart the club this month, so it seems likely that the Ibrox outfit will meet Fulham’s interest in Goldson with the firmest of resistance.
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