Rangers defender Connor Goldson has been a near-constant sight in the Ibrox side ever since his move north of the border from Brighton in 2018, but he could achieve a feat only a handful of other Gers in history have attained this season by playing in over 60 games in a single campaign.
So far, Carlos Cuellar is the leading Rangers player to have made more than 60 appearances in one season, playing 65 times for the Light Blues in 2007/08 as the Gers reached the UEFA Cup final while Bobby Russell and Peter McCloy made 62 appearances in 1978/79 with Sandy Jardine also playing in 60 games that same season.
While Goldson can’t quite catch the Spaniard, he could appear in a total of 62 games should Rangers, in a nice little bit of synchronicity, reach this season’s Europa League final.
Last night’s defeat by RB Leipzig in the semi-final first leg was Goldson’s 55 of the campaign and with four more league games, the Scottish Cup final at, at least, one more in Europe then 61 is a likely tally for him to finish the season.
Rangers will miss him when he’s gone…but is he gone?
There can be no doubt Rangers are going to miss a player of Goldson’s reliability when he leaves Ibrox and, with his contract up this summer, that may come pretty soon.
The finale to this season may well be given Goldson second thoughts about where his future lies though and he might just end up sticking around a while longer.
If he does stick around, he could end up forming a really solid partnership with John Souttar at the heart of the Rangers defence next season – and if Souttar’s injury history is anything to go by, it might be good to have someone beside him who appears bulletproof.
With the prospect of Rangers ending the season with a unique treble, there could be several reasons for Goldson’s name to be engraved in the history books – and his unerring reliabilty is a big reason for his success.