Rangers told to hand Goldson new deal or lose him to English giants

Alan Hutton suggests that Rangers may “cash in” on Connor Goldson if the right transfer offer comes in this summer.

The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes Steven Gerrard will find it difficult to hold onto the 27-year-old if clubs come calling.

As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers set a £6million price tag on Goldson but their valuation has since been hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

With the likes of West Ham, Leeds United and West Brom in the hunt for his capture, it is understood the Gers may need to tie him to a new contract to keep him long term.

Despite the former Brighton man establishing himself as a mainstay under Steven Gerrard, Hutton believes he could be sold this summer if the price is right.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s going to be difficult if some of the bigger teams come calling but I think maybe it’s time that Rangers look to offer him a new contract, maybe hold him down if you like.

“He’s 27 now, he’s obviously getting to the peak, he’ll probably be looking to tie himself down for the next few years so hopefully it is Rangers because he has done excellently well.

“However, I think if the price is right then maybe it’s one Rangers will look to cash in on.”

Goldson has sat out just two games across all competitions this season, with 51 appearances to his name.

He played every single minute of the club’s Premiership campaign and netted three goals, all of which came in the club’s opening eight fixtures.

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Noel Whelan raves as Rangers agree terms with Ianis Hagi

Noel Whelan has applauded Rangers for tying down Ianis Hagi to a permanent deal in advance of the summer transfer window.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Aberdeen striker insists the Glasgow giants have done the right thing in getting his future at Ibrox secured after his half-season loan.

The Gers confirmed on Wednesday that they had secured the permanent signing of the 21-year-old after renegotiating the terms of their optional purchase clause with Genk.

The versatile winger initially joined the Gers late on in the January window, going on to play 12 times for the club this season.

With the deal done early, Whelan insists the Light Blues have done the right thing in giving both the player and manager Steven Gerrard security heading into the summer.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s really well done by Rangers because this is planning time – you’re planning back in January for the start of next season.

“To get this done, he’s had a little taste of Ibrox, he’s been living in Glasgow for a little bit of time, now it gives the security to the player, security to Steven Gerrard who believes he’s a very good midfield player – and he is – that he’s got him on a long-term contract.

“This is part of the jigsaw that Steven’s got in place for next season, the rebuilding is starting right now because that season is finished, Celtic are champions, they’ve got to start rebuilding another team and another army to try and combat this Celtic surge that’s been going on for nine years.” 

Hagi has netted three times, including a brace at home to Braga in the Europa League, and contributed a further two assists for Gerrard’s men across all competitions.

He is also an established member of the Romania national team, with 10 caps under his belt to date.

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Kevin Phillips suggests Sunderland moving to sign Jordan Rossiter

Kevin Phillips suggests Sunderland should consider a move for Jordan Rossiter and expects the club to shop exclusively for free agents this summer.

The former Stadium of Light striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted clubs will have to “wheel and deal” in the upcoming transfer window as League One feels the financial bite of the coronavirus.

Rangers released an official statement last week that announced Rossiter, 23, would depart Ibrox upon the expiration of his contract on 31 May.

Football Insider understands the £10,000-a-week ace is keen on a return to England on a permanent basis having spent the season on loan at Fleetwood Town.

The midfielder made 19 appearances for Joey Barton’s side but after a promising start, he suffered a knee injury that would rule him out for the rest of the campaign.

When asked by Football Insider if Phil Parkinson should be considering an approach for the free agent, Phillips said: “That is the sort of business that a lot of clubs are going to have to result to.

“They will be looking at players that have been released at other clubs but have got the experience in League One and get them in on a contract that suits both parties. It is the sign of the times for the foreseeable future.

“Clubs are going to have to wheel and deal. Unfortunately, that is the window they will be shopping in.

“Rossiter had a big reputation before he moved to Rangers.”

The Black Cats will need to recruit this summer despite the difficult economic circumstances.

Jon McLaughlin, Duncan Watmore, Kyle Lafferty, Chris Maguire, Tommy Smith, Alim Ozturk, Tom Flannagan and Luke O’Nien are all out of contract this summer.

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Big update on Rangers bringing Florian Kamberi to Ibrox permanently

Florian Kamberi is keen to convert his Rangers loan into a permanent move – and wants the deal done next month.

The Swiss-Albanian centre-forward, 25, made nine appearances for the Light Blues since joining on loan from Hibernian in January.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Kamberi regards a full-time Rangers move as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” he does not want to pass up.

That is what the Scottish giants and manager Steven Gerrard will want to hear as they assess whether to proceed with negotiations.

There is no option to buy clause included in Kamberi’s loan, unlike the Ianis Hagi deal that became a full-time transfer from Belgian side Genk earlier this week.

It is the same for the loan transfer of Greg Docherty, who moved to Hibernian in part-exchange for Kamberi.

The forward showed encouraging signs during his six weeks in the Rangers team before the pandemic ended the Scottish season in mid-March.

He led the line impressively for Rangers as they defeated Braga to reach the Europa League last-16, and followed that up by scoring his a brilliant first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw with St Johnstone.

Kamberi is a 6ft 2in striker who scored eight goals in 27 appearances for Hibernian in the first half of this season.

He was even more effective in his debut campaign last term, when his 43 matches yielded 13 goals and seven assists.

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Rangers have agreed £6m deal in fee & wages

The signing of Ianis Hagi is set to cost Rangers around £6million in transfer fee and wages.

The Glasgow giants announced yesterday they have completed the permanent signing of the attacking midfielder, 21, from Belgian club Genk.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the deal will cost an initial £3m fee that could increase if certain add-ons are met.

In addition, the Light Blues have tied Hagi to a three-year contract worth another £3m.

It is a massive outlay by Rangers’ standards although the club have let it be known that the transfer fee will be split across three years.

Director of football Ross Wilson made clear in a club statement yesterday that the final price is less than the “exclusive” option in January’s loan-to-buy deal.

“I thank KRC Genk for their openness, flexibility and creativity in all of our discussions,” Wilson said.

“We secured an exclusive option in January and in recent weeks we have worked with Genk to find a new solution that works for everyone now, given how much the world has changed in the last few months.”

Hagi has become the second player in nine months to join permanently for a major price after impressing on loan.

Ryan Kent signed from Liverpool last September for the club’s second highest-ever fee after his initial spell ended with the Scottish young player of the year award.

The son of all-time great Gheorghe Hagi has already had some magic moments for the Gers and showed he can be the answer to their right-flank problem.

The 10-times Romania international has made 12 appearances for Rangers, scoring three goals and supplying two assists.

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Celtic & Rangers braced for crunch talks today

Celtic and Rangers have thrown their weight behind plans to restart the new season at the start of August ahead of key talks today.

The Glasgow giants are central to the new broadcasting deal that comes into effect on 1 August and how the 2020-21 campaign can be mapped out behind closed doors.

As reported by BBC Scotland journalist Chris McLaughlin on his personal Twitter account, the SPFL and SFA will ask the Scottish government today for permission to start next season without fans present.

Scottish sources have told Football Insider the leading clubs including Rangers and Celtic are united in working to get the new season started at the earliest opportunity.

The SPFL have talked about that possibly being the end of July for the professional leagues, but the start of August is now seen as more realistic.

The SPL clubs are focused on preserving as much of the 2020-21 season as possible, because of the importance of the new £130m Sky Sports contract.

It is worth £26m-a-year across five years and will be a lifeblood to the Scottish game, as many of its clubs face a fight for survival.

SPFL chiefs have been keen to paint a picture of unity following the deep divisions that emerged during the early termination of the 2019-20 campaign.

The need to keep Sky on board and operate in accordance with the contract is imperative as well as the short-term future of the Scottish game amid the financial chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there are still major issues to be addressed behind the scenes over the 2019-20 season and why it was terminated so early.

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Danny Mills makes Van Dijk claim as Leeds set sights on Connor Goldson

Danny Mills has suggested Connor Goldson could be a shrewd buy for Leeds United or West Ham and pointed out that there were doubts over Virgil van Dijk when he came to the Premier League.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted there will be worries over whether the Rangers defender can handle the wealth of quality attackers in the Premier League.

Football Insider has revealed the 27-year-old is the subject of interest from the Hammers, Leeds, West Brom and Fulham and was valued at £6million going into the summer.

Goldson still has two years remaining on his contract at Ibrox having joined from Brighton in July 2018.

“There will always be that worry,” Mills told Football Insider. “The Premier League has some of the best players in the world but equally, everybody needs an opportunity.

“Who would have thought that Sheffield United would have done so well? A lot of those players played in League One and the Championship and people did not give them much hope, including me, but they have proved us all wrong.

“Sometimes a quality player needs an opportunity.

“People did not think that Van Dijk could do it early on. That is why he went to Southampton.

“Players need an opportunity and Goldson may just need somebody to put faith in him.”

Van Dijk spent two years in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic before signing for Southampton in 2015.

Five years later and the Netherlands international has completed a £70million move to Liverpool, won the Champions League and is all but certain to add a Premier League title.

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Andy Halliday tipped to reject switch to rivals

Alan Hutton has suggested that Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday will turn down a move to a Scottish rival when he leaves Ibrox this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland full-back believes the 28-year-old would find it “difficult” to play for anyone else but his boyhood club in Scotland.

Rangers have confirmed six senior stars are set to leave when their contracts expire, with the departure of Steven Gerrard favourite Halliday counting as a major surprise.

A former youth prospect at Rangers, Halliday came through the ranks at Livingston before making a name for himself in England, playing for the likes of Middlesbrough and Bradford City.

Having returned to join the club he supports back in 2015, Hutton believes the versatile midfielder may turn down the chance to continue playing in Scotland due to his loyalty to the Light Blues.

Asked if he could see Halliday moving to another Scottish club, Hutton told Football Insider: “It would be difficult, in my opinion. When I was looking to come back up and the thought of having to play against Rangers is tough, it really plays on your mind.

“He’s obviously been down south for a large part of his career, whether he’ll be willing to move back down, we’ll have to wait and see but I think it would be difficult, he’d find it hard to come up against Rangers.

“It really depends what he’s thinking – I would find it difficult so I’m sure he would also.”

Halliday will leave Rangers having made 152 appearances across all competitions for the club – more than he has made with any other side.

However, he has only played 12 times for Steven Gerrard this season, offering cover for Borna Barisic at left-back.

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‘He’s definitely coming in as the marquee signing’ – Exclusive Hutton claim on Ianis Hagi deal

Alan Hutton claims that Ianis Hagi will have a significant impact on Rangers’ spending ability this summer and expects him to be the club’s “marquee summer signing”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers star believes there will be a big weight on the winger’s shoulders but that he can make a ‘massive difference’ to the team.

The Gers confirmed on Wednesday that they had turned the 21-year-old’s loan deal permanent after negotiating new terms of their option to buy.

Agent Giovani Becali recently claimed that the two sides had agreed a fee in the region of £4million.

Hutton has compared Hagi’s arrival to the big-money arrival of Ryan Kent last year, suggesting that there may not be too much more spending at Ibrox if others are not sold.

Asked if thought Rangers would have much more to spend, Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s difficult – I can’t imagine Rangers spending millions and millions of pounds, I think this will be a large part of it.

“I think we’re talking about £4million-ish and in terms of fees, it’s high for Rangers so he’s definitely coming in as the marquee signing this summer. It’s all about progression now.

“He’s obviously shown enough to the manager, the backroom staff and also the fans to warrant the signing. Coming with the fee, like Ryan Kent, there’s a big weight on his shoulders to go and prove himself.

“Kent, in his first season, did very well and then maybe struggled when he came in, struggled to get back to full form he had the previous year.

“I think both players, it’ll be a big season for them. A proper pre-season, no injuries, touch wood, and really try and kick on because these are two players that can make a massive difference for Rangers to really try and grasp that league off of Celtic.”

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Jordan Rossiter sets sights on joining English club

Jordan Rossiter has set his sights on a permanent English-club transfer after Rangers announced his departure, Football Insider has learned.

The Light Blues revealed last week Rossiter is one of six senior players who will leave when his contract expires in the coming weeks.

A recruitment source with knowledge of Rossiter’s situation has told Football Insider he is open to offers but would be keen on returning down south on a full-time basis.

The central midfielder, 23, has spent the season on loan at English League One club Fleetwood Town after failing to make an impact in Glasgow.

Signed by former manager Mark Warburton in 2016 on a free transfer from Liverpool, he has failed to live up to expectations or prove good value for a lucrative four-year contract.

That has been partly due to a series of serious injuries, including a knee problem that has really held him back.

But Rossiter can be confident of offers from English lower league clubs despite the unprecedented financial chaos in the game.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought great uncertainty, with EFL clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two facing uncertain futures.

Nevertheless, Rossiter has showed encouraging signs after spells at League Two outfit Bury last season and Fleetwood in the current campaign.

The midfielder has made 15 league starts among 19 appearances for Joey Barton’s side this term but last played in November due to a serious knee injury.

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