As Rangers stumble to form this season, it’s no surprise that the club’s shaky run of performances coincide with the unconvincing form for one of the club’s most important players.
Ibrox vice-captain Connor Goldson was an ever-present rock for the Gers last season and amongst the most influential contributors to the club’s legendary 55 success.
Goldson played every single minute at home and abroad and his defensive rigidity and composure helped secure a British clean sheet record as the Gers conceded only 13 goals in the league campaign.
Already this season – and with Connor missing only one match through an enforced Covid-19 isolation – the Gers have conceded 5.
Resurrecting Goldson form can help kick Rangers into life
Getting that defensive composure back into effect is going to be vital to Rangers’ finding some sort of domestic form heading into a pivotal juncture of the season.
Connor’s influence goes beyond just defending – as his two arcing diagonals in the 2-0 win over Livingston proved – but it’s in keeping opposition chances to a minimum where the club’s vice-captain really earns his corn.
When on form, Goldson is such an influential player for Rangers, with so much play coming through him and the defender a force in both boxes.
Since the beginning of the season the defender hasn’t looked quite the formidable force of the last campaign and there could be any number of reasons for this.
Ignoring the somewhat freak campaign and performance last season – Rangers were astonishingly good and there needs to be some respect given to that – the Gers have now climbed that first major peak.
Getting that title was the original brief and now the club has secured the trophy there’s a readjustment from chasers to the chased.
Contract situation remains convenient explanation for Goldson’s unconvincing Rangers form
There’s also that lingering contract decision hanging over Connor, who somewhat made a rod for his own back insinuating he was signing before actually putting pen to paper.
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By the player’s own admission, if the situation is to be played out in the public arena, it will act as a distraction [Rangers].
Whatever the case, Rangers fans will be hoping he signs soon to end this debate amongst supporters.
Conjecture regarding Connor’s future – despite the player’s insistence of his happiness in Glasgow – will likely persist until a deal is done.
But whilst the contract excuse if a convenient explanation, for Steven Gerrard, it’s been the disruption of early season that has caused his team to have such a slow start rather than the form of any individuals.
Gerrard offers another explanation for passive team displays
Covid-19 call-offs, injuries and the return of internationals interrupted early season but even Connor Goldson couldn’t bring an often up-in-the-air Ibrox side back down to earth.
At the weekend, the defender was once again caught missing as he lost Paul McMullan and Jon McLaughlin hauled the Dundee forward to the deck in a moment which sums up Goldson’s early season form at times.
For Rangers, with things finally beginning to settle, the resurrection of this vital Gers star’s form will be key to the Ibrox side getting their season firing.
Speaking of Ibrox defenders, one of Goldson’s original defensive partners at Rangers was benched after reaching a key milestone in his recovery from a bad injury.