Rangers have had a second bid rejected by Brighton for defender Connor Goldson, according to a report, as Steven Gerrard struggles to get any of his defensive targets to commit to an Ibrox move.

According to The Argus, the Gers’ returned with a new offer for the 25-year-old centre-back but still fell “well short” of the Premier League side’s valuation for the former Shrewsbury ace.

The Gers have already missed out on a reported swoop for Fenerbahce’s Martin Skrtel while appear to be losing out in the race to sign Swansea’s Kyle Bartley.

Goldson stands at a towering 6ft 2, according to Transfermarkt.

Football Insider verdict:

With The Argus reporting Brighton value the defender at £2million and having just signed another defender, the Gers will likely make another bid for the defender – and hopefully this time they can get a deal over the line. Rangers really need defenders and Goldson is a good fit and with the Gers reported to have already offered £1.5million they can’t be that far apart. With Gerrard taking the reins next week and the Light Blues’ first competitive fixture not too far away, the Gers need to get some new faces in and strengthen a defence that shipped far too many goals last season as they struggled to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership. With Bruno Alves, Ross McCrorie and Fabio Cardoso the only senior central defenders at the club, the Gers need to make getting at least one new defender a priority ahead of Gerrard’s imminent arrival in Glasgow.

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