Rangers completed the signing of defender Connor Goldson this afternoon and the hulking defender claims his new manager Steven Gerrard persuaded him to knock back lucrative offers south of the border.
The 25-year-old has been highly thought of at Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion, with the club’s supporters vocally disappointed to lose the centre-back, and today he’s been explaining his thinking behind the transfer.
Goldson put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract at Ibrox after the Rangers hierarchy agreed a £3.5 million fee, and as a lifelong Liverpool fan he admits the lure of coming into work and seeing Steven Gerrard every day was simply too good to turn down.
Speaking via the official Rangers website, Goldson said: “I am delighted to join Rangers, even though it hasn’t taken that long to sign it seems like it has taken forever.
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“I am just pleased to finally get it done and to get the chance to showcase my abilities at a massive club with a huge fan base.
“I probably could have stayed at Brighton. They weren’t really desperate for me to go but I think at this stage, at 25-years-old and with the operation I obviously had, it just made me hungrier to want to play football.
“That put a lot of things in perspective and one of those things was to just play as much as I could.
“Every time I have been given a chance to play I have always done well. I am a player who has always played, apart from in the last two years.
“Those two years have been tough for me personally but now I have the opportunity to get back playing every week and show what I can do.
“I am tall, I am athletic, I can move, I am quite quick and I like to think I am good on the ball, I always want the ball and I want to play. That has been drilled into me from a young age and even more so at Brighton.
“At the same time I want to keep a clean sheet and that is my job. I think I am a leader and can lead a back four or back five or whatever the manager ends up playing.
“The key to a defender’s job, no matter how good you are or think you are on the ball, at the end of the day all I want to do is keep a clean sheet and that is the message I will be getting across to whoever is playing with me.
“Steven Gerrard had a massive influence on my decision to sign. When he first spoke to me I didn’t really know what I was doing, there were a few clubs interested in me in the Championship and I didn’t really know what to do.
“We carried on speaking and he has been brilliant with me, he said I could speak to him whenever I wanted to or whatever I was thinking.
“We spoke quite a lot over the summer and it got to the point where I sat down with my family and I thought it was the right decision to make for myself and for them. For us all to be happy and for me to be playing football every week at a huge club.
“Now he is my manager and I want to be able to learn off him as a coach and as a manager. I don’t really think there is going to be time for me to be star struck and be in awe of him.
“We have a lot of work to do this season, we want to improve the team and we want to see how far we can go. There is a lot of work to do and that starts this weekend in Spain.”
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