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Van Bronckhorst: Rangers only have 'small' chance of keeping Goldson

The defender is likely to leave this summer at the end of his contract.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst: Rangers only have ‘small’ chance of keeping Connor Goldson SNS Group
Goldson has been a key player for Rangers over recent years.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst admits Connor Goldson could make his last appearance for the club in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts.

The centre-back’s contract expires this summer and though talks began last year about an extension, the 29-year-old has rejected all offers.

Goldson could yet perform a U-turn and pen a new deal but manager Van Bronckhorst has only slim hopes that there will be a development that turn things in the club’s favour.

“The club has been in talks to extend his contract, but so far he has not extended it,” the Rangers boss said. “The chance he will still be a Rangers player I think will be small.

“I would love to have Connor in the team next year and I still have in my mind that he will be part of Rangers next year. But the reality is we will have to watch what happens in the coming weeks.

“Connor has been amazing for this team in all those years as a Rangers player. If it will be his last game tomorrow, I don’t know right now.”

The Dutchman also fielded questions about veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor and whether he has already made his last appearance for the club.

McGregor has been a fans favourite over two spells at Ibrox and is reaching the end of his existing deal, with no decision taken yet as to whether the 40-year-old will continue playing.

The goalkeeper played in the Europa League final on Wednesday but is to be on the bench against Hearts with Jon McLaughlin continuing in goals as he has been throughout the Scottish Cup run.

“I’ve started Jon in the Scottish Cup campaign this year and he did well, especially in the semi-final against Celtic, so for me it would be strange to change him,” said Van Bronckhorst.

“He will still have the confidence from me tomorrow.

“It’s a difficult one because Allan is our number one goalkeeper, but he was very thoughtful and totally understands that Jon has been playing in the cup.

“With Allan, we have agreed to speak with (sporting director) Ross Wilson after the season.”