Rangers defender Connor Goldson has revealed his battle to make last month’s Old Firm clash.
The defender picked up an injury a few days earlier and admitted he coudn’t walk 48 hours before the Ibrox fixture.
Goldson took a painkilling injection to play as the Gers won 1-0 – and the defender’s comments show just how much getting a win over their bitter rivals means to the Ibrox squad.
“When I woke up on the Thursday I couldn’t even get out of bed because of the bruising around my Achilles. I couldn’t walk on it,” Goldson admitted to the
“I wasn’t happy and I didn’t speak to my missus in the morning. I was a little bit emotional. She actually said to me, ‘You need to get over it. If you’re not going to play you’re not going to play, it’s not the end of the world’.
“But I knew I had to. Not for the team but for me. I did everything. Credit to the doctors and physios, they patched me up as much as they could.”
The former Brighton defender was immense against Celtic – and showed no signs of the injury which threatened his involvement.
With a three-week winter break following the game, the decision to gamble on Goldson paid off for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Goldson has been fantastic since arriving in the summer and fans were seriously concerned he would miss the clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The 1-0 win pulled Rangers level on points with Celtic at the top of the league table.
After the win, Goldson was pictured soaking in the atmosphere as the Gers picked up their first Old Firm league win since 2012.
Goldson appears to have fully recovered and has been involved in training with the squad at their Spanish winter camp.
So far, the defender has managed 36 appearances for the Gers this season and has been vital for Rangers.
In recent seasons, an injury such as Goldson’s would have been reason for a player to pull out of the side – Bruno Alves being a prime example.
Much has changed at Ibrox in the last few months and Goldson’s actions epitomise the difference at the club.