Date: 14th June 2018 at 10:41am
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New Rangers star Connor Goldson has revealed that Steven Gerrard had a “massive influence” on his decision to sign for the Light Blues – and admitted that he wants to learn from the Anfield icon.

Goldson agreed a four-year deal with the Light Blues to become the Gers’ sixth signing of the summer on Wednesday after completing his move from Brighton.

The 25-year-old also revealed that the Gers boss has been in touch with him over the summer, saying Gerrard has been “brilliant” with him as he pondered a move north.

“Steven Gerrard had a massive influence on my decision to sign,” he said to Rangers TV, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“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.

“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.”

Football Insider verdict:

As a boyhood Liverpool fan, it is no surprise to see Goldson is delighted to be linking up with one of his heroes. The former Brighton and Shrewsbury star arrives at Ibrox with a strong pedigree and should be a fantastic addition to the Gers squad. With Goldson and Nikola Katic looking certain to make up Gerrard’s central defence, he will need to strike up a solid partnership with the Croatian as the Gers look to shore up a defence that conceded far too many goals last season. At 25, Goldson is just coming into the peak of his career and could be a feature of the Gers’ defence for years to come. Despite not featuring regularly for Brighton recently, the defender is still highly regarded by Seagulls fans and heads to Ibrox with Brighton fans sad to see him leave the Amex. With Bruno Alves still being at the club, there is a very experienced head for the Gers defender to learn from and continue to improve.

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