Connor Goldson has stunned Nottingham Forest and pledged his long-term future to Rangers, the club’s official website has confirmed.

Various reports claimed that the central defender was set to join the newly-promoted Premier League outfit on a free transfer.

Now, the 29-year-old will stay at Ibrox for another four years after putting pen to paper with the SPL outfit.

Goldson was one of Steven Gerrard’s first signings when he took charge of Rangers in 2018.

Goldson pledges future to Rangers
(Photo; Ian MacNicol; Getty Images)

During 2020/21 he helped the Teddy Bears claim the Scottish Premiership title and in total, he’s made 222 appearances for the club.

Recently he was part of the Rangers team that lost on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League Final.

Although Goldson can clearly play, he might have proved a risky Premier League signing.

His days in England were spent with Brighton and Shrewsbury and top-flight football in England is not something he’s sampled.

Rangers can now look towards Goldson cementing his cult hero status at the club over the next few years.

As for Forest, they will likely pursue a central defender this summer. Tottenham man Joe Rodon and Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles have both been linked recently.

Goldson pledges future to Rangers but Forest shouldn’t worry

Had Goldson signed for the Reds it’d have likely been to act as a backup.

Scott McKenna and Joe Worrall will almost certainly start the new campaign; whilst Steve Cook boasts plenty of experience in the Premier League.

Goldson at 29 would have perhaps only been a short-term option.

He’s done pretty well for Rangers but the top flights in Scotland and England aren’t really comparable.

Interestingly, Goldson might have been a better signing for the club had they stayed in the Championship.

Goldson pledges future to Rangers
(Photo; Visionhaus; Getty Images)

Had that happened, Worrall would have been almost certain to leave, handing Forest something of a conundrum.

Goldson played alongside the Forest star during his loan spell at Ibrox during 2018/19.

The pair played 27 times together, with Rangers losing just four of those matches.

After today’s news, the prospect of the pair linking up once again has finally been put to bed.

Have something to tell us about this article?