Darren Bent has urged Rangers to tie down defender Connor Goldson with a new deal before he enters the final year of his contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Tottenham and England forward claimed the 27-year-old is a “vital” player for Steven Gerrard.

This site revealed earlier the Light Blues hope to tie Goldson down to a new contract by the end of the year, before he enters the final 18 months of his current deal.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion man has not missed a minute of action this term and scored both Rangers goals in their 2-0 win over Celtic last month.

And Bent has urged the club to act swiftly before his performances begin to attract the eye of rival clubs.

He told Football Insider“It’s something they’ve got to get done quickly.

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“I don’t know what it is about football clubs at the minute but they’re allowing their best players to get to their final year.

“I always think to myself, ‘don’t let your best players get to their final year’.

“He’s done really well for them so just get it done.

“I know clubs want to save money here and there but you can’t allow players to walk away for nothing.

“If they’re an integral part of your team don’t let them walk away.”

Goldson was a wanted man in the summer window with Premier League sides Leeds United, Everton, West Ham and West Brom all interested in his signature.

The Rangers hierarchy valued the defender at £6million, twice as much they paid for him in June 2018.

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