Gerrard ‘can’t do any more’ in Goldson contract talks

The Rangers boss says he's made it clear he wants to hold on to the key defender.

Gerrard ‘can’t do any more’ in Goldson contract talks SNS Group

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has urged the club and Connor Goldson to reach agreement over a new contract, saying he’s made it clear how much he wants the defender to stay at Ibrox.

Goldson’s existing Rangers deal expires next summer, meaning the centre-back could begin discussions with other clubs about a pre-contract agreement from January.

Asked if he was concerned that the clock was ticking down without negotiations on a new deal being settled, Gerrard was clear in what he hoped for but said it was effectively out of his hands.

“I’m not concerned, I’m not confident,” he said. “I’m not really over-thinking about it.

“Connor’s a big boy. He’s a man. Ross Wilson’s office is right next door to mine.

“Connor knows what I think of him from a personal point of view and how much I want him to stay here. At the same time, we have to concentrate on the football so it’s important Connor keeps playing the way he is.

“I thought he was magnificent again last night. He was my player of the year last year and I think for me he’s gotten more consistent over his time at Rangers.

“He’s a valuable player for me and the club.”

Ahead of the 2-0 Europa League win over Brondby, Goldson said that he had to make sure his next step was the right one for his family, and that he wanted to stay and hoped talks would be successful.

Gerrard shared those hopes but accepted that he not directly involved and just had to wait for the outcome.

The Rangers manager said: “Hopefully we can get a solution in terms of getting him tied up. I can’t really go any further in terms of letting you know how much I want it to happen and how much I want him to stay.

“But at the end of the day I’m not Connor and I don’t know what he wants. I’m not the club and I don’t do bank balances and numbers.

“So I can only tell both parties how much I want it to happen and then it’s down to other people to try and find a solution.”

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