Former Scotland international Jackie McNamara thinks that Rangers defender Connor Goldson will stay put at Ibrox for the foreseeable future despite reports of interest in him from the English Championship.
Football Insider recently reported that Fulham are plotting a move to sign the 27-year-old in the January transfer window, with the same publication subsequently claiming that Leeds are also keen on luring him away from Glasgow.
However, McNamara feels that Goldson has steadily improved since coming to Rangers in June 2018 and expects them to refute any interest in the centre-back, telling Football Insider: “Obviously players are linked here there and everywhere in January, but he has improved quite a bit since he has come in. But I’d be surprised if Rangers let him go as I don’t think they’ll let anyone they want to go.”
McNamara’s belief that Rangers won’t allow Goldson to leave too easily is backed up by the faith that has been shown in him by Steven Gerrard at Ibrox. Having made 54 appearances in his first season at the club, the 27-year-old is already on 36 for the current campaign. With 3,240 minutes played in 2019/20, he has been the most-used player by Gerrard this term, even after the rarity of being given a night off against Stranraer last Friday.
That was the first time since the Betfred Cup game against East Fife in August that Goldson was not used in a ‘Gers match – indeed, in the five months between that match and the cup tie against Stranraer, the centre-back did not miss a single minute of first-team football for Rangers. He has been ever-present in all 19 Premiership matches to date, as well as each of their 14 European games since July. [via TransferMarkt]
McNamara is also correct in saying that the ex-Brighton man has improved during his time at Ibrox, with several statistics to support that statement. Goldson has already matched his four-goal tally from last season from two-thirds the number of games that he played in 2018/19 and has also provided an assist, something he didn’t do in his first campaign for the club.
Last season, the 27-year-old recorded match averages of 0.5 shots and 1.8 headers won, along with a passing success rate of 73.6%. This term, those figures have enhanced greatly, with 1.2 shots and 4.7 successful aerial duels per game, plus a vastly improved passing accuracy of 82%. [via WhoScored]
Taking all that into account, it’s not hard to see why McNamara feels that Goldson has improved over the course of his Rangers career and that Gerrard is unlikely to sanction a move away for the man he has called upon more than any other this season.
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