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Gio van Bronckhorst reveals Rangers risk factor behind Sunderland friendly stop as club offer wholesale refunds

Van Bronckhorst insisted it would have been too risky for his players to return to action (Author: Gardener)

Gio van BronckhorstDisappointed Gio van Bronckhorst says he would not play on his players' fitness to play the second half against Sunderland. Rangers are in Portugal for a pre-season training camp and started yesterday against the English league side. Aside from a brief blackout for fans streaming at home, the first half went smoothly in the Algarve, with Luke O'Nien's strike separating the two teams at the break. However, after returning from half-time, things began to go wrong when a floodlight failure at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira delayed kick-off. 15 minutes passed, then half an hour, and it was almost 10pm local time when the two clubs decided to call it quits. Van Bronckhorst admits he's disappointed they couldn't get the game going again. But he concedes it would have been far too risky to force his players back into running after a break of over an hour. He told Rangers Review: "They want to play a game. You want to give all your players minutes to be stronger. Once the lights go out, you wait and you keep waiting, you get the message that you don't have much hope that the lights are working properly. Too much risk for players who only come in their first week, so an hour off and playing on wasn't ideal. "There were other aspects, we had to go and get the bus, we don't have much hope of it working. You want to make your players strong, but you also want to keep them fresh and not injured. Meanwhile, Rangers have Refunds were offered to fans who bought tickets as well as those who bought streams through the club, saying in a statement: "Tonight's game in Portugal was abandoned at half-time due to a problem with the stadium's floodlights. "Neither Rangers nor Sunderland were responsible for the stadium operations and the floodlights failure. However, Rangers appreciate the support of our loyal fans and the support they give to the team, wherever we go, which means everything to us. "Rangers will reimburse the cost of tickets to all Rangers ticket holders and our supporters who bought the game on RangersTV Van Bronckhorst is working hard with sporting director Ross Wilson to add signings to his squad - Rabbi Matondo is expected to be the next signing "Obviously we want to add more players to our squad and he is busy talking to players, agents and clubs. I hope we can add more players in the coming week. We are busy. We have several players that we watch and have a say in.

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The mantra of Graeme Souness Rangers, Gio van Bronckhorst MUST be heeded to win back the title from Celtic

Kevin Drinkell recalls what Souness Gers said to inspire them for the title and insists they never looked back. (Author: Gardener)

Graeme Souness RangersKevin Drinkell is hoping Rangers players are still injured like hell from losing the league after a season as titular heroes. Because he knows that was the feeling that fired the Ibrox club back to the top when he signed for them. Drinks, a £600,000 buy from Norwich, came pre-season in 1988 to find a team pissed at themselves. The bulk of Graeme Souness' squad secured the club their first league title in nine years in 1986/87. But Celtic immediately snapped back the award under Billy McNeill to celebrate their centenary in style. Giovanni van Bronckhorst rallied his men for preseason training with longtime stars Connor Goldson, Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield still in position. Drinkell hopes they will articulate a message similar to that of Souness and his older stars 34 years ago - that 'one and done' isn't a good look for Rangers and second or third best won't be tolerated again. Drinkell's dozen league goals in his debut Ibrox season helped Souness secure that 1988/89 trophy - 12 months after they finished THIRD behind Hearts and Celtic. He said: “There shouldn't have been much between teams in the 1987/88 season. But Rangers really missed Terry Butcher with a broken leg. “Me and Gary Stevens were the new players and a big part was getting Terry fit again. “They had enjoyed a taste of it the year before, winning a league for the club for the first time in ages. "The feeling I got from guys like Ian Ferguson, Ian Durrant and Ally McCoist was that Rangers weren't going to fall behind anyone anymore. And when Terry came back he and Richard Gough were others who asked you that question – are you ready for that?” Gathering all his players in the center circle of a pitch at their Italian training camp in the Tuscan mountains, Gaffer Souness made the scale of the difficult task clear. Gers got off to a flying start, beating Celtic 5-1 in the third game of the season and never looking back. Drinkell said: "The Souness mantra was - if you can't do it for me, I'll just get someone who can. "We needed that mindset - we're the best team, we have the best equipment, the best pitch - and just improving every little bit. This year we proved that we are the better team. “What Rangers need is a galvanize. Everyone talks like us. Right, let's get out there and let's do it. “Rangers will have a lot of determination after having the euphoria to win last year. Although they did well last season, especially in Europe, losing the league also had a downside. "It's not a nice feeling when you have something after such a long time and then it's taken away from you straight away. Nobody wants to be second best in Glasgow, it affects your whole life. When you're shopping with the kids or eating out with your wife, you want to feel like you're the best at everything.” Rangers got stronger in late 2021/22, rushing to Seville for the Europa League final and beating Celtic in the semi-finals on the way to Scottish Cup victory. But the damage had been done mid-season when new boss van Bronckhorst stepped into the job following Gerrard's departure to Aston Villa. Drinkell will be hoping the Dutchman continues to make his mark on the squad following his masterclass management in Europe. Drinkell said: "There was the change of manager, there were a couple of slips, the lost points in Ross County to Motherwell, Dundee United. “They couldn't quite get back in and get their noses on Celtic at the end of the day. Now Gio just has to make it feel like his team. That only comes with a bit of time.” Ex-Coventry and Falkirk striker Drinkell believes clarifying the future of Alfredo Morelos, who will be out of contract in a year's time, is a pre-season priority. Drinkell added: “It's up to the player if they want to stay and work hard Rangers don't have to concede. “But that has to come from him – a conversation that might even be happening now. If not, we might as well do business now. It won't help the squad to have that uncertainty."

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Rangers and transfer bravura make a comeback in a new game of fives and tens with Celtic

Hugh recalls his phone conversation with David Murray which set the tone for the Glasgow transfer (Author: Gardener)

CelticThree decades later, I can still remember the amazing impact of the words spoken to me over the phone by then-Rangers owner David Murray. "If Celtic put down a five, I'll put down a ten," he said, verbally illustrating the financial power he knew his club was having a dramatic effect on one who had been financially weakened by mismanagement on the board. It was also typical Murray bravura. He knew Celtic were in a vulnerable position and the great showman in him enjoyed speaking out about their apparent uneasiness. Of course, the strategy Murray pursued would prove downright disastrous in the long run. But now, after administration and liquidation, Rangers fans are in the mood to make a comeback on Chairman Douglas Park's watch. They want to see transfer funds brought in for players instead of them terminating their contracts and going free. And they want financial gains to be reinvested in Giovanni van Bronckhorst's squad, beyond retaining players. Bravado comes in all sorts of forms - and one of them was the appointment of John Park to Rangers' recruitment department, having once managed that side of the business for Celtic. The conversion of Celtic Park to Ibrox Park is a natural source of controversy for fans. The first caller on the radio after news of John's appointment to Ibrox broke, described him as a "salesman," "middle man," and someone who was "overrated" and "got rid of" by Brendan Rodgers. The attack sounded more like an accusation of a mortal sin by a man whose name should be erased from the club's history. A bit like Mo Johnston 33 years after making the transfer which no doubt still has him looking over his shoulder wherever he goes. But dike jumping can take on the proportions of an Olympic event for devotees, and competitors are judged accordingly. Rangers didn't hire Park to deliberately irritate Celtic fans, but some will take the bait and react in ways that suggest they don't believe it. The fact is that John left Celtic where he was liked and admired by the players and Neil Lennon six years ago during his first tenure as manager. Park, like Rangers fans, has yet to finalize the financial guidelines he will need to follow in his new role. Now that Celtic have given the cookie jar a proper burial and Ange Postecoglou wants two more players to join an already rich squad, is there any inclination at Ibrox to indulge in a 21st century game of fives and tens? I would call the chairman and ask him but those days are over and cash for questions is the club's way of dealing with public relations. However, cash for players, and how much, remains the subject of intrigue for Ibrox support. And the signing of Antonio Colak, who joined the 11th club of his career at the age of 28 for a fraction of Rangers' money, won't tempt them to hang up.

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Antonio Colak at the right age for Rangers Peak and Alfredo Morelo's double strike could be deadly

Miller sees parallels between Colak's arrival and his second spell at Ibrox when he was in his prime (Author: Gardener)

Antonio ColakNow that Antonio Colak can finally start his Rangers career, I hope the club have found a striker who is nearing the peak of his powers. I was 28 - the same age as the former PAOK man is now - when I signed for Rangers for the second time in 2008. Everyone is different but as a centre-forward you like to think that you're going to get into those two, three, maybe five best years depending on how you take care of yourself. And I wish Alfredo Morelos stays and pushes Colak to reach those heights because the Croatian is with Rangers every year. I'd love to see the two push each other - and that Kemar Roofe is fully fit to bring even more competition forward. But at the moment we don't know if Colak is coming to replace Alfredo or to work with him. After a little observing from him, he looks like a versatile center forward who adapts to any situation or the demands of the role. Sure, he's been back in Germany on many loans from Hoffenheim, fighting for goals in Greece. But he's had great seasons with Rijeka and on loan at Malmo. He's tried different European leagues, it's a good experience; He has a decent number of games under his belt. At 28, I was comfortable with the player that I was and I was pretty clear on the role. I probably played a lot of my best football for Rangers back then, although I had had quite a good time at Wolves a few years earlier. At that age I felt I had developed a great understanding of the role and my teammates; finding out what their strengths were, what they expected from me to have that connection. It just felt easy with the likes of Barry Ferguson, Pedro Mendes, Stevie Naismith, Steven Davis and Kris Boyd around me. Well, you never know, if Morelos and Colak are that good, they might both fight their way into the team. When you have two players at a high level, sometimes you have to find a way to bring them in. It was unfortunate that Nikica sustained a serious injury in October this season because we've had a really productive partnership. I scored 10 league goals in the first six games, an incredible start to the season. When I saw Colak play against Rangers he was quite mobile and, as we know, a real goalscoring threat to our detriment in the Champions League qualifier at Ibrox. He links the game well, there's physicality. Alfredo's departure has dragged on for five years! I want my former teammate to stay. He's an important player for the team, he's comfortable around Rangers. Rangers are known to have to win every week. As the main striker, the pressure is on YOUR shoulders to achieve many of those victories that bring you titles, trophies and European runs. Can Rangers agree with Alfredo on keeping him longer so they can eventually charge a higher fee? How will he react to Giovanni van Bronckhorst signing a new striker? It looks like he's managed that well over the years. Especially in Europe, since Steven Gerrard joined, he's been hitting huge numbers and producing top-notch performances. He could still help find a way through Champions League qualification this season. If he's fit and firing and has picked up a fairly serious injury, he could play a big part in that. And if he can help Rangers secure their group stage riches, then he's worth holding on to. He might even move on after that, but I'd prefer him to stay. Last season it was 17 out of 36 appearances, last year it was 18 out of 36. So that's pretty much like Alfredo and he didn't start as many games as he did. We have two solid goal scorers. But you're always looking for something different. Towards the end of last season, when Rangers played many big games without a recognized forward, this was a situation that needed to be addressed. There have been some underdog strikers in recent years. You can do all the work and due diligence perfectly and imagine that a player has all the required attributes and the right character to be at Rangers. More firepower was required and I have confidence in them through the work of Ross Wilson and the recruitment team over the past few years that they have landed the right man.

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Millwall manager Rowett Brands Lovelace Rangers take a 'step backwards'

Angry England manager Gary Rowett has branded Zak Lovelace's move from Millwall to Rangers as a "step backwards". (Author: Gardener)

MillwallMillwall manager Gary Rowett has not learned Lee Bowyer's lesson as he fumes about Rangers sneaking up on teenage striker Zak Lovelace. The Ibrox side have used cross-border compensation rules to announce a deal for the 16-year-old forward, who made his Lions debut when he was 15. Had Lovelace moved to a club in England Millwall would have paid a much higher development fee but as Rangers play north of the border they nicked him for peanuts. It's not the first time the Ibrox site has done this; Last came Calvin Bassey from Leicester City but it was Joe Aribo's transfer from Charlton that uprooted most of the trees. Rangers, who are now moving to Southampton on a deal that could exceed £10m, paid just £300,000 to bring Joe Aribo to Scotland when his contract with Addicks expired in 2019. At the time, an irate Lee Bowyer criticized the move, branding the player's decision to move a "mistake" and claiming Aribo would regret it, while Boywer claimed the move made a future Premier League transfer out of the question. Now Gary Rowett has threatened to fall into the same Zoomer category as Lee Bowyer as he gets extra salty about Lovelace's transfer to Rangers, branding it a 'step backwards'. As a result, the Millwall manager joins the long list of ignorant English footballers who badmouth Scottish football and almost invariably turn out to be wrong. "In my opinion you're with a Championship club that values ​​you so highly that they're willing to put you on the bench - because they trust you, think you're a good player and are working on a plan, like you bring one in the first team this season - it seems odd that you're stepping backwards for the next 18 months to two years. It is not for me to judge why anyone would want to join a club. It's a disappointing system where you can work so hard with a player in the academy for so many years - put so much time and effort into it - and it's much easier to get a player from an English club to Scotland and vice versa. Otherwise big clubs from every division will be pinching foreign kids all the time. “I don't blame Rangers or any other English club for seizing the opportunity. I don't think it's healthy for academies, I'd say.” Zak Lovelace is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey by breaking into the Rangers first-team and making an impression at clubs in the South. Speaking of Calvin Bassey, read why Rangers must use a reported £19million transfer as evidence they should stick to their guns with the defender.

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Rangers' Garver is due to have surgery at the end of the season

Texas veteran catcher Mitch Garver, 31, who had 10 home runs for Rangers this season through Friday, will miss the remainder of the Rangers campaign after booking surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing arm. (Author: Gardener)

the end of the seasonNot only does he want to score, which is why he needs surgery at the end of the season to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing arm. Confined to being a designated hitter since early May, Garver was unable to catch or throw because of the right forearm problem that was bothering him long before that. The 31-year-old is due for surgery on Monday to give him time to fully recover to be back behind the plate in spring training a few months catch in 2023 but still have the bat in the lineup," Garver said. "I feel like if I want to be the player I want to be, I like being behind the plate and that gives me more to bring to the team." Texas acquired Garver from Minnesota early in spring training when he ousted shortstop Isiah Kiner - Falefa was traded to the Twins Minnesota had drafted Garver from the University of New Mexico in 2013 and he made his big league debut with them in 2017. After being hit from a loaded bases pitch to shoot in the first run for Driving Texas in a 6-5 series-opening win over the Twins on Friday night, Garver had an RBI single and walked away with a 9-7 win on Saturday Manager Chris Woodward said Garver would also be in the series finale on Sunday would play. He missed three more games in late May with a left knee sprain and then had a 10-day stay at the IL last month related to COVD-19 trying to pull through an injury makes it even more difficult," said Garver, who has been since 2½ months it's something I couldn't have predicted and we did our best to make it through the pandemic shortened season in 2020 and then missed most of 2021 after it collapsed sustained a foul on the groin and required surgery "If you just look at what he does when he plays, I mean he's a very solid contributor behind the plate. He's got great bats, he's up all the time the base, he's a threat to left-handers," said Baldelli. "It's hard to look at what he's been doing when he's been on the field and say he's not one of the better catchers in baseball." Woodward said the Rangers saw flare-ups and glimpses of the Garver, whom they wanted to meet in the middle of their lineup. The manager could also sense that the catcher had been harassed over time, that he couldn't consistently perform in the way he knows he can. "I hate it because I'd rather put him on the lineup all the time," Woodward said.

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Rangers' Garver is due to have surgery at the end of the season

Texas veteran catcher Mitch Garver, 31, who had 10 home runs for Rangers this season through Friday, will miss the remainder of the Rangers campaign after booking surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing arm. (Author: Gardener)

the end of the seasonARLINGTON, Texas — Mitch Garver is a catcher who can hit, which is why the Texas Rangers took him on. Not only does he want to score, which is why he needs surgery at the end of the season to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing arm. Garver, 31, had been restricted to being a designated batsman since early May due to the right forearm problem that had plagued him long before, and has been unable to catch or throw since early May. He is due to have surgery on Monday to give him time to fully recover to be back behind the plate in spring training. "There was a slim chance I could move it to the end of the year and maybe sacrifice a few months of catching in 2023 but still have the bat in the lineup," Garver said. Texas acquired Garver from Minnesota early in spring training when displaced shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa was traded to the Twins. After being hit by a loaded bases pitch to drive in the first heat for Texas in a 6-5 opener win on Friday night, Garver batted for third place on Saturday against the Twins. Manager Chris Woodward said Garver will also play the series finale on Sunday. Garver went into Saturday's game batting .210 with 10 homers and 23 RBIs in 52 games. After his last game on May 8, he went on the injury list because of his forearm, missed three more games at the end of the month with a left knee sprain and then had a 10-day stay at the IL related to COVD-19 last month. The sport is already extremely tough and trying to recover from an injury makes it even harder," said Garver, who has been receiving daily treatment for the past 2½ months. Garver had a breakout season in 2019 with 31 home runs in 93 games while winning a Silver Slugger Award, but has struggled with injury ever since. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Garver has always been productive on the field while being a reliable teammate and a good person. "If you just look at what he does when he's playing, I mean he's a very solid contributor behind the record. He's got great bats, he's on base all the time, he's a left-hander threat," Baldelli said. "It's hard to look at what he was doing when he was on the field and say that he's not one of the better catchers in baseball." Woodward said the Rangers saw thrusts and glimpses of the Garver they wanted to hit midway through their lineup. The manager could also sense that the catcher had been harassed over time, that he couldn't consistently perform in the way he knows he can. "I hate it because I'd rather put him on the lineup all the time," Woodward said. "But that gives a little buffer that if there's any kind of setback or something like that, he's going to be ready for spring training, like full throttle."

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Connor Goldson rectifies Rangers' contract record and insists transfer talks with other clubs were a myth

Goldson says his silence on his Rangers future was misinterpreted as saying he's pro-out (Author: Gardener)

Connor GoldsonConnor Goldson has debunked rumors he previously turned down a new Rangers contract. The centre-back delighted fans when he penned a new four-year contract earlier this summer. Goldson had been expected to move on after things seemed to be going quiet on the front lines of the new deal. A return to England seemed on the cards but the defender extended his Ibrox stint after lifting the Scottish Cup at Hampden in May. That triumph came just days after heartbreak in the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Rumors that Goldson had turned down an offer from the Govan club never seemed to go away until the shocking announcement of his new deal. And the 29-year-old insists he has not spoken to any other club and has always been keen on staying in Glasgow. Our family is four, five hours away. "But when we walked away and actually talked about it, we said we're happy here. "I've always said I'm happy here, but I wanted to be appreciated. The club ended and that happened within three days of my vacation. “I didn't really speak to Rangers during the season. It came out in the press a couple of times that I turned down contracts and I never did. I was offered a contract after we won the league. It was negotiated but then we let football do the talking, especially at the end of last season when we had so many important games. So the whole thing about my turning down contracts wasn't true at all." Connor Goldson will stay at Rangers until 2026. Goldson explained this in a social media post when he signed. He added, "That's why when I ended up signing I made a post on social media saying there was so much talked about me, which was wrong," Goldson added. "I didn't speak at the time, I didn't give any interviews and I think a lot of fans took that to mean that I wanted to leave the football club. I left social media when the season started, but you still see these things because your family and friends send you articles. "The day I signed my contract with Rangers, there was a report this morning saying I was already on my way to sign for Nottingham Forest.

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Connor Goldson details Rangers contract timing, silences Ibrox critics and targets silverware after new deal

CONNOR GOLDSON heard the rumors and read the comments. Through all of this, he knew it would be good to talk. (Author: Gardener)

Connor GoldsonThe Englishman kept his advice and trusted his inner circle while outsiders speculated about his position and questioned his intentions in the final months of his Rangers contract. Above all, it was not the last months of his Rangers career. The narrative was set that Goldson would leave Glasgow after four years, return south of the border to be closer to family and rake in a Premier League payday. While others talked about his future, Goldson focused on his football. After sitting down, talking it through and thinking it through, the decision was an easy one. A new contract was signed in early June and Goldson will spend the next four years at a club that has become a second home and holds a special place in his heart. "I can't say I ever had any intention of leaving because I never spoke to anyone," Goldson said. “It was a decision for the whole family because my wife is up here alone with two children. “Our family is four, five hours away. "But when we walked away and actually talked about it, we said we're happy here. "My wife is gradually finding her footing after Covid, she's getting out and making friends. "I've always said I'm happy here, but I wanted to be appreciated. “At the end of the club and that happened within three days after I was on holiday. “I didn't really speak to Rangers during the season. It came out in the press a couple of times that I turned down contracts and I never did. “I was offered a contract after we won the league. It was negotiated but then we let football do the talking, especially at the end of last season when we had so many important games. "So the whole thing about me turning down contracts wasn't true at all." The news that Goldson had put paper to paper came out of the blue, but it was a moment to savor for an endorsement that feared the worst and had begun planning for life after a hugely influential figure in and out of the park in Ibrox. An Instagram post made the 29-year-old's position perfectly clear as he addressed the rumors and the negativity, his family and his dreams and his hopes for the future with Rangers. Goldson has spent this week with Van Bronckhorst's side at their training base in Portugal. "So when I finally signed, I made a post on social media saying I've been talked about so much, which was wrong," Goldson added. "I didn't speak at the time, I didn't give any interviews and I think a lot of fans took that to mean that I wanted to leave the football club. “I left social media when the season started, but you still see these things because your family and friends are sending you articles. "The day I signed my contract with Rangers, there was a report this morning saying I was already on my way to sign for Nottingham Forest. It's frustrating because you see it all and some fans actually take that as the truth.” The same supporters who questioned or criticized Goldson will now back him as he aims to bring Rangers home this season To inspire silver and European success. The trip to Portugal and Saturday night's friendly against Sunderland allowed Rangers to look ahead and try to banish the memories of that agonizing defeat just a few hours later. Some 100,000 fans traveled to Seville and saw Rangers return empty-handed, but Goldson, a stalwart of promotion and promotion over the past four seasons, has every reason to look to the future with joy and confidence. "It didn't surprise me," Goldson said of the touring support who dared to dream of European glory. But you actually expect it. “My family and friends were all there. Being able to walk around and take it all in made for a very special few days. “We didn't win it, which was unfortunate. "Have we won enough in the four years I've had "But at the same time it's been a journey. It's been about getting this football club to where we are now. I know Rangers fans expect to grow every single year win, but to be honest the team I joined "Four years ago wasn't a win. Now, four years later, we are fighting for everything. "I know we didn't win the league and that was disappointing. But now Rangers can look ahead and say we're in a position to compete and win things." Team I joined without being disrespectful, unable to do so."

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Connor Goldson rectifies Rangers' contract record and insists transfer talks with other clubs were a myth

Goldson says his silence on his Rangers future was misinterpreted as saying he's pro-out (Author: Gardener)

Connor GoldsonConnor Goldson has debunked rumors he previously turned down a new Rangers contract. The centre-back delighted fans when he penned a new four-year contract earlier this summer. Goldson had been expected to move on after things seemed to be going quiet on the front lines of the new deal. A return to England seemed on the cards but the defender extended his Ibrox stint after lifting the Scottish Cup at Hampden in May. That triumph came just days after heartbreak in the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Rumors that Goldson had turned down an offer from the Govan club never seemed to go away until the shocking announcement of his new deal. And the 29-year-old insists he has not spoken to any other club and has always been keen on staying in Glasgow. Our family is four, five hours away. "But when we walked away and actually talked about it, we said we're happy here. "I've always said I'm happy here, but I wanted to be appreciated. The club ended and that happened within three days of my vacation. “I didn't really speak to Rangers during the season. It came out in the press a couple of times that I turned down contracts and I never did. I was offered a contract after we won the league. It was negotiated but then we let football do the talking, especially at the end of last season when we had so many important games. So the whole thing about my turning down contracts wasn't true at all." Connor Goldson will stay at Rangers until 2026. Goldson explained this in a social media post when he signed. He added, "That's why when I ended up signing I made a post on social media saying there was so much talked about me, which was wrong," Goldson added. "I didn't speak at the time, I didn't give any interviews and I think a lot of fans took that to mean that I wanted to leave the football club. I left social media when the season started, but you still see these things because your family and friends send you articles. "The day I signed my contract with Rangers, there was a report this morning saying I was already on my way to sign for Nottingham Forest.

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