Connor Goldson has ended speculation about his future by agreeing on a new four-year deal with the Rangers.

The 29-year-old, who was set to be out of contract this summer, had attracted interest from clubs in the Premier League and Championship but has turned down those approaches to remain at Rangers.

Goldson, who initially joined Gers in the summer of 2018, has been a mainstay at the heart of the club’s backline, having made 223 appearances to date, while he has also netted 20 goals for Gers going the other way.

He has been critical in the development of the side over that period. His leadership and quality played a considerable part in the Light Blues, creating a British record of just 13 goals conceded in season 2020/21 as they clinched title number 55.

Last season he was again integral in the Scottish Cup success, while he showed his strengths on the European stage as Gers reached the Europa League final.

He joins Scott Arfield and Steven Davis in recently having extended their contracts with Rangers as the club retains vital leadership personnel.

The 29-year-old played more minutes for Rangers this season than any other player and helped them to the Europa League final, where they were beaten on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rangers tweeted: “Rangers FC today wishes 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.”

Manager Gio van Bronckhorst 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.”

The news of Goldson’s re-signing came on the same day that John Souttar’s move to Rangers became official.

The 25-year-old Scotland defender agreed on a pre-contract with the Ibrox club in January while playing for Hearts. The Gers attempted to buy Souttar in the winter window but were unable to agree on a fee with the Jambos.

“It’s been a long time since I signed the pre-contact in January, but it’s a brilliant day for me and my family to join Rangers,” Souttar said.