Barry Ferguson Advocates for Benching Connor Goldson Amid Transfer Rumors

Former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson has weighed in on the ongoing transfer speculation surrounding defender Connor Goldson, suggesting that he could be left out of the squad for Rangers’ upcoming match against St Mirren.

Recent reports from the Daily Record linked both Goldson and James Tavernier with a move to Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq. In light of these rumors, Ferguson has proposed that Goldson should be dropped as Rangers prepare to face St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.

In his column for the Daily Record on April 26, Ferguson stated, “Balogun, Diomande, and Cantwell were particularly impressive, and those three names would be the first on my team sheet for Sunday even if that means leaving big Goldson on the bench. For me, where it’s almost always been a question of who plays next to Goldson, it’s now about choosing the best man to partner Balogun.”

Ferguson’s comments highlight the shifting dynamics in Rangers’ defense and the importance of selecting the most suitable partnership in light of potential departures.

Connor Goldson could lose his place in the starting lineup

Since joining from Brighton in 2018, Goldson has become a key figure for Rangers under different managers. He has amassed over 300 appearances for the Light Blues and has been involved in some memorable moments.

This season, he has started 30 games and even contributed an assist, showing his consistent presence in the team under Philippe Clement. However, in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hearts, Goldson was left out as Balogun returned to the lineup and performed admirably.

Balogun has only started 11 games this season, playing a total of just 904 minutes compared to Goldson’s 2,695. Despite this, Balogun was in fine form against Hearts, helping keep a clean sheet alongside John Souttar and Jack Butland at Hampden Park.

While rumors swirl about Goldson’s potential departure, they shouldn’t automatically affect his place in the starting lineup. If Clement believes another player is a better fit, it’s fair to make that decision. Balogun’s performance against Hearts certainly warrants consideration, but Goldson’s consistent contributions may also argue against dropping him.