Dutch Rangers legend Arthur Numan has taken aim at vice-captain Connor Goldson for his comments in the aftermath of the 3-1 Premier Sports Cup defeat to Hibs.

Connor, 28, must be willing the next game on as soon as possible after his explosive post-match interview added fuel to the fire of the fall-out from the crushing cup exit.

Goldson had claimed that some in the dressing room had lost their “hunger” and that at 3-1 down at halftime, the game was beyond the reach of Rangers.

The notion certainly upset supporters and legendary Dutchman Numan – who was a £4.5m signing in 1998 and ex-Gio van Bronckhorst teammate – becomes the latest legend to take aim at Connor.

“To lose a semi-final in that way was unacceptable. I can’t believe the manner of the defeat. I was then even more surprised by Connor Goldson’s comments in his interview on television at full-time,” said Numan [5 Stars].

“For a Rangers player to say the game was over at half-time when the team are 3-1 down was an astonishing admission.

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“To also say that the team has lost a bit if hunger was equally alarming. How can you have lost a bit of hunger when you have won one trophy in three seasons?

“Yes, I get that the trophy was one of the most important in the club’s history and Steven Gerrard and the players will always be remembered for it.

 

“But you need to go and win again. And again. And again. And again. Rangers is about winning silverware on a regular basis. If you don’t have the hunger and desire to do that then you should be asked to leave or be sold on.

Dutch Rangers legend Arthur Numan: Anyone without “hunger and desire” should be “sold on”

“All it needed from our players was to get a goal at any stage during the second-half and then we would have had Hibs on the ropes. We could have quite easily got an equaliser.

“Remember, we were playing against a Hibs team who hadn’t played since last month and last won a game on September 26th.

Ex-Rangers star Arthur Numan has blasted Connor Goldson’s comments. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

“It wasn’t Bayern Munich or Chelsea we were playing. What happened to the never-say-die attitude?

“Look at the Liverpool team that came from 3-0 down against AC Milan to win the Champions League in Istanbul.

“Earlier this season in the Scottish Championship, Hamilton were 4-0 down to Raith Rovers with 25 minutes to go and got back to 4-4.

“In 2011, Newcastle were 4-0 down to Arsenal and staged a memorable comeback to get a draw. That’s what it’s all about. You must never give up and throw in the towel.”

Arthur Numan is a former teammate of new Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

It’s harsh words from the Rangers legend but it’s a sentiment that has been echoed throughout Ibrox and something which will give an inclination into van Bronckhorst’s thinking.

Numan shared the Ibrox pitch with the ex-Arsenal, Barcelona, and Feyenoord star during his time in Glasgow and knows a thing or two about winning silverware at Rangers.

The Dutchman won three Premier League titles, four Scottish Cups, and three League Cups across five seasons in Govan.

Numan isn’t the only Ibrox legend calling out the comments either – here’s what the club’s 9IAR winning captain had to say.

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