Is £2.48 million valued player the key to title number 55 in 2019?
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Half-Term Report: Connor Goldson

After our evaluation of Joe Worrall, it’s time turn our attentions to a fellow centre-back, Connor Goldson.
The defender joined Rangers for just over £3 million from Brighton in the summer. At the time, Transfermarkt estimated his market value to be £900k.
However, his figures were updated yesterday and more accurately reflect his summer fee. He is now valued at £2.48 million.

Goldson made 32 league appearances for Brighton. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Price tags aside, he has been a revelation at Ibrox this season.
With 36, he has made more appearances at the back than Joe Worrall and Gareth McAuley combined.
Therefore, he deserves by far the most credit for Rangers’ strong defensive record.
The vice-captain has helped secure an excellent 14 clean sheets in all competitions.

An outstanding performer

His performances levels have been consistently high despite playing in a number of different partnerships (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yes, there has been the odd error. His own goal in the defeat away to Spartak Moscow sticks out.
However, when playing the volume of matches he has, mistakes will always come.
Always prepared to get his head to the ball and to clear his lines, Goldson is uncompromising and effective.

At the other end of the pitch, he’s even added two crucial goals. The match winner against FC Ufa and Rangers’ equaliser away at Hearts.

The defender celebrates the only goal of the game against Russian side FC Ufa. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With transfer news coming thick in fast, Rangers are clearly keen to strengthen. Particularly, it seems, in forward areas.
Yet, a solid defence will be crucial to picking up a 55th first-tier Scottish title.

Goldson is the best defender Rangers have. In fact, he’s almost certainly the best in Scotland right now.
Keeping him fit and performing is vital for Gerrard in 2019.

Grade: A

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