This is Ibrox and this is Rangers and Connor Goldson will know no other club comes close – Barry Ferguson – Barry Ferguson


The joy of six happens to mean a lot to me.

Which is just one of the reasons why I hope Connor Goldson is wearing my old number for a good few years to come.

Look, I know a lot of people have been questioning his commitment to Rangers for most of the season because he is still to put pen to paper on a contract extension.

And, yes, it’s so late in the day now that it does feel as if the Englishman’s time at Ibrox is probably coming to an end. But I really believe that it doesn’t have to be the case.

I kept my eye on the big man during the celebrations which followed the extra time wins over Braga and Celtic. And I couldn’t help but wonder what was really going through his mind about him.

And, having been out there in that very shirt, I think I’ve got a fair idea too.

I’ll be honest, when it was my turn, I probably took those moments for granted. I grew up as a Rangers fan and I knew what it was all about long before I ever pulled on the jersey as a first team player.

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But I strongly suspect that, even after spending almost four years of his life at the club, the events of the last week or so will have hit Goldson straight between the eyes.

I watched him at Ibrox on Thursday night when the place was bouncing and the fans were celebrating reaching a European semi final. He took a few seconds out of the madness to look around and take it all in.

And it was the same again at Hampden on Sunday amid the bedlam of the extra time win over Celtic which now carries Goldson and his team mates into a showpiece Scottish Cup Final on the closing day of the season.

As things stand – with no contract in place – that game against Hearts will be his last in a Rangers shirt. But I hope the events of the last week or so feed into his decision from him. And feed into it big time.

I’ll tell you one thing about Goldson, no matter what has been going on off the pitch, his performances on it have been immense – he’s been an absolute man mountain – and, for their part, I hope Rangers have not given up hope of reaching an agreement at the 11th hour. If they have, they should think again.

Look, I also understand, as a professional football player, he has an obligation to look after his family financially. At his age, this will be his last big contract and he has every right to be selfish.



Connor Goldson celebrates with his son

But he should take it from me, it doesn’t all come down to pounds and pence.

When you hang up your boots for the last time you realize that some memories are priceless.

I knew I had made a huge mistake when I left Rangers for the first time. Having grown up in that environment, I assumed these special moments would follow me around no matter where I went. And boy did I get that one wrong.

There is no place like Ibrox. There is no other club that comes close to Rangers.

I realized it when it was too late. But there’s still time for Goldson.

As a matter of fact, I’m sure the penny will have dropped and especially over the last week or so.

I was a young kid when I first experienced these kinds of scenes. But Goldson is a 29-year-old man. I have spent the first eight years of his career at Shrewsbury and Brighton. In other words, he came up the hard way to get to this high point.

So deep down inside he must be asking himself, where does he go from here?

Because you could almost see him realizing that he’ll never feel joy like this anywhere else. He looked almost overwhelmed by it all.

Yes, he won the title last season but that was very different. It all went on behind closed doors and even though I’m sure I loved every second of those celebrations, nothing comes close to seeing the faces of the fans at a moment like that. That’s when it really hits home how much it means to people and what a privilege it is to be a part of. Trust me, there’s nothing quite like it.

So, yes, I truly hope now that he’s experienced it all for himself, he’ll be realizing the grass isn’t always greener because the guy has been an exceptional Rangers player since the first day he came to the club.

Yes, he’s made the odd mistake. Every player does.

But over the last four years the guy has been a colossus and I’m sure the vast majority of Rangers fans would agree. The guy’s stats alone make him invaluable to the club. He’s been a mainstay – a rock – and the club would struggle to find anyone capable of filling his size elevens.

Just as he would struggle with coming back down to earth with a bump at some other place.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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