Rangers defender Connor Goldson has opened up on his pride after Steven Gerrard’s side saw their Europa League campaign come to an end against Bayer Leverkusen.

The Light Blues lost 1-0 to the Germans last night as Leverkusen set up a quarter-final clash with Inter Milan on Monday and Goldson couldn’t praise his team-mates enough as he reflected on the run.

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 16: Connor Goldson of Glasgow Rangers drives the ball during the Veolia Trophy friendly match between Olympique Lyonnais and Glasgow Rangers at Groupama Stadium on July 16, 2020 in Decines near Lyon, France.

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The ex-Brighton star admits that he hopes the Gers can repeat their exploits and go to more fantastic places like the Bay Arena and face world-class opposition.

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“I am proud of everyone. The places we have been, the quality and commitment we have shown over last season, it was brilliant and I think all the lads deserve all the praise that comes with it,” Goldson said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

“Tonight was just a little step too far for us but I think everything we have done and the places we have been and the results we have got this year in the Europa League have been brilliant.

 

“Obviously we are going to have to go through the qualifying again and start from scratch and it is the start of another long season.

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“But we want to play in venues like this, we want to test ourselves and play against some of the world’s best players, international players. I feel like we acquitted ourselves well last year and hopefully, we can do the same this year.”

Goldson won’t have long to wait for the Light Blues to get back to it in Europe with the Europa League qualifiers kicking off next month.

BRAGA, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 26: Connor Goldson of Rangers FC celebrates the victory at the end of the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Sporting Club Braga and Rangers FC at Estadio Municipal de Braga on February 26, 2020 in Braga, Portugal.

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Before that though, the Light Blues return to domestic action this weekend when they welcome St. Mirren to Ibrox for the Gers’ first home game since March.

The defender is likely to be partnered by Leon Balogun on Sunday but the return of Filip Helander last night looks set to give his Ibrox boss a selection headache.

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