Connor Goldson claims Gerrard convinced him to make Rangers move despite rival interest

Connor Goldson of Brighton in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at Amex Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Brighton, England.

Rangers have managed to lure Connor Goldson to Ibrox today.

Connor Goldson of Brighton in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at Amex Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Brighton, England.

New Rangers signing Connor Goldson has told the club's official website that he spoke to manager Steven Gerrard a lot over the summer, and he was key in his decision to head to Ibrox.

The Gers had already brought in four new faces before today, as Allan McGregor, Nikola Katic, Scott Arfield and Ovie Ejaria have all arrived at Ibrox, whilst Jamie Murphy made his loan move from Brighton and Hove Albion permanent.

Whilst Katic has been brought in to aid Gerrard's defensive options, the Croatian youngster is still raw, and Rangers have been pursuing other defenders to solidify their back line.

Brighton's English defender Connor Goldson (L) vies with Crystal Palace's Scottish midfielder James McArthur during the English FA Cup third round football match between Brighton and Hove...

Rangers have been desperately pursuing Brighton and Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson in recent weeks, and after a series of failed bids, they have finally landed their man.

Sky Sports report that the fee involved is around £3million, and the centre back has penned a four-year deal with Rangers following a lengthy transfer wrangle.

The 25-year-old, who joined Brighton from hometown club Shrewsbury in 2015, is expected to lead the Rangers defence having slipped down the pecking order at the Amex Stadium.

Now, Goldson has told the club's official website that new Rangers boss Gerrard had a 'massive influence' on his decision to sign for the Gers, which is no surprise given that the defender grew up supporting Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers football Club at Ibrox Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Goldson noted that he and Gerrard spoke 'quite a lot' over the summer, and he ultimately convinced him to snub Championship clubs in order to make the move to Scotland, before adding that he won't have time to be star struck by playing under Gerrard.

“Steven Gerrard had a massive influence on my decision to sign,” said Goldson. “When he first spoke to me I didn’t really know what I was doing, there were a few clubs interested in me in the Championship and I didn’t really know what to do. We carried on speaking and he has been brilliant with me, he said I could speak to him whenever I wanted to or whatever I was thinking.”

“We spoke quite a lot over the summer and it got to the point where I sat down with my family and I thought it was the right decision to make for myself and for them. For us all to be happy and for me to be playing football every week at a huge club. Now he is my manager and I want to be able to learn off him as a coach and as a manager. I don’t really think there is going to be time for me to be star struck and be in awe of him,” he added.

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