Date: 13th June 2018 at 3:21pm
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This afternoon the expected transfer of centre-half Connor Goldson from Brighton to Rangers has been completed and announced.

The 25-year-old becomes our sixth signing of the summer so far and he has penned a new four year deal at Ibrox.

Having began his career with Shrewsbury Town, playing for them in both League Two and League One, he made the move to Brighton in the summer of 2015 and he leaves with just over 40 games to his name from his time with them. It’s not really a fair reflection on his ability owing to the partnership that their two regular centre-halves, Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, have struck up. When he did play he impressed.

His time with them was also disrupted with the discovery of a heart defect that caused him to have a spell on the sidelines as he underwent preventative surgery, which he has now fully recovered from and he returned to action for Brighton last season.

Joking that he felt the deal had taken ‘forever’ to get over the line, he told the Official Site.

“I am delighted to join Rangers, even though it hasn’t taken that long to sign it seems like it has taken forever. 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.”

Having grown up as a Liverpool fan, manager Steven Gerrard was obviously a key part of his decision to make the move and he’s relishing the opportunity of working under him now.

The Rangers welcome from the fans has been as you’d expect, the interesting point for me is the well wishes Goldson has received from the Brighton fans as he departed.

If that is anything to go off, let’s hope he hits the ground running quickly and settles right in.

Although I do have to pick out this analogy for my own amusement!