Steven Gerrard is “confident” Rangers can tie down centre-back Connor Goldson on a new contract despite claims the Scottish giants could let the footballer leave for free next campaign.

The 28-year-old centre-back has been an important figure of Rangers under Steven Gerrard, and his importance to the Gers is summed up by the fact the defender played every single minute of the last campaign.

With a £3.5m signing from Brighton in 2018, Goldson is entering the final year of his deal, and with this an important juncture of his career, it’s got many worried about the defender’s short-term future.

However, the English boss was relaxed when asked about the English defender’s deal situation by Sky Sports this week. “I’ve got a fantastic personal relationship with Connor,” said Steven Gerrard.

That’s certainly all very good, and these comments come after claims appeared in the Athletic suggesting the Gers were relaxed about letting the Englishman’s deal run down.

The suggestion was that the Scottish club will not sell Connor this transfer window if he hasn’t signed a new contract with his value to the club more than his transfer value out of the Ibrox.

This could’ve seen Goldson leave on a free transfer next campaign after four years at the Ibrox. Connor was rated as the Rangers’ most valuable footballer in November last year, with data analysts 21st Club pricing the centre-back at a whopping £18m, making him an important asset and this a major call by the Gers’ hierarchy.

But Goldson also made some revealing comments to ex-club Brighton ahead of this weekend’s pre-season friendly game. In these quotes, the likeable Gers ambassador certainly doesn’t sound like he’s got his heart set on anywhere else.

“I’d always had big dreams, but I didn’t know where that would take me. Coming to Scotland, success was the aim from the moment I got here. My first conversation with the gaffer was about getting Rangers back into European football and turning the club around,” said the 28-year-old defender.

Connor could command a sizeable fee this transfer window should the Gers wish to cash in rather than risk losing the centre-back for free at the end of the campaign as Premier League teams monitor his situation.

The Gers stay in discussions over new terms to tie him down for the coming years, and Steven Gerrard is content with the situation as he prepares for the friendly matches with Brighton and Real Madrid this summer.