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14th Jun, 2018 | 1:45pm

Former manager pays glowing tribute to new Rangers signing after deal confirmed

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has paid tribute to Connor Goldson after the defender completed a move to Rangers – and admits he “understands” the 25-year-old’s desire to play regular games.

Goldson was confirmed as the Light Blues sixth signing of the summer on Wednesday after failing to break into the Brighton side ahead of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy – but Hughton insists he “done extremely well” for the Seagulls.

Hughton also insisted that Goldson was a “pleasure to work with” after overcoming a serious heart problem to return to action at the end of last year.

“Connor has done extremely well for the club in the three years he has been here, but he wants to play regular senior football, and at this stage we cannot give him that guarantee,” Hughton said, as quoted by The Argus.

“Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy were exceptional last season, and very consistent in the central defensive positions, which left Connor with very limited opportunities, and I totally understand his position and desire to want to play regular football.

“He has been a great professional and a pleasure to work with – and he has shown a great mental strength to come through a very tough time after he underwent crucial heart surgery just over a year ago.”

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Football Insider verdict:

Nobody at Brighton or Shrewsbury seems to have a bad word to say about Goldson and it is a testament to the sort of character he has. The defender will be a great addition to the Light Blues squad ahead of the new campaign and will be desperate to show what he can do. After fighting back from a serious heart problem, Goldson has done phenomenally well to return to any form of professional football and deserves some success after a long few years. At 25, Goldson is just hitting his peak and should be a mainstay in the Gers side for years to come alongside fellow new boy Nikola Katic. Despite not getting regular games at Brighton recently, Goldson has still been involved with the side and played in the final day clash with Liverpool as he, unknowingly, brought his Brighton career to an end against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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