Connor Goldson has signed a new four-year-deal at Rangers.
The 29-year-old defender, who has been a mainstay of the back line since signing from Brighton in 2018, played 61 games across all competitions last season.
With his contract expiring at the end of last season it was widely believed that he would be seeking pastures new in the summer.
But in a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Rangers confirmed that he had signed a new deal until 2026.
Posting on social media, they said: “Today we wish to put on record our sincere thanks to Connor Goldson for his service to the club over the past four years…
“As we look ahead to the next four years of having him at Ibrox.”
During his four years in Scotland Goldson helped Rangers win the Premiership title under Steven Gerrard last year before playing a key-role under Giovanni van Bronkhorst as they reached the Europa League Final and won the Scottish Cup this year.
He has made 223 appearances for the Ibrox side and scored 20 goals, however one of his biggest achievements to date is being part of the water tight defence that helped clinch the 2020/21 title by conceding only 13 league goals throughout the season.
He was heavily rumoured to be making a move to English Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest before Wednesday’s announcement.
But he now joins Scott Arfield and Steven Davis in recently having extended their stays in the southside of Glasgow.
After confirming the deal, van Bronkhorst hailed Goldson’s “outstanding” contribution to the team.
The Rangers manager said: “I am delighted Connor has agreed to remain a Rangers player, as he has been fantastic for me both on and off the pitch since I arrived.
“His leadership is outstanding, and he is a huge influence on so many players around him, while his consistency of performance means he is someone I can always rely on.
“I am really looking forward to seeing Connor back for pre-season in a couple of weeks and to working with him again next year.”