As Rangers crashed out of the Premier Sports Cup semi-final against Hibs, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and the other leaders in the camp have come under increasing scrutiny.

Not only was Rangers’ cup exit challenging after a fortnight of upheaval following Steven Gerrard’s departure, but the manner of it was humiliating for supporters who’ve stayed positive throughout.

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Connor Goldson was certainly not at fault for Rangers’ failure against Hibs and his post-match interview has been adding insult to injury. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gers fans believed in this side and stood up for it heading into the clash with the Hibees but now serious questions remain over the mentality of a team facing accusations of mediocrity.

The Rangers players – the future of many now seeming in a state of uncertainness – had the chance to stand up for the fans but failed miserably in an early acid test of their character.

This result comes after a season’s worth of underperforming and the criticisms and frustration now being levelled at the players has been long bubbling.

Amongst the worst affected will be vice-captain Connor Goldson – yet to sign a new contract and free to negotiate elsewhere in January – yet it was he who faced the cameras at full time.

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Whilst as equally despondent and frustrated as the writer of this article, the reaction and soundbites were – pieced together – a bit of car crash.

Goldson gave a frustrated insight into the Gers dressing room which – in the aftermath of a crippling Cup defeat which hands the momentum to our rivals – we probably didn’t need to hear.

“You would hope players would want to impress the new manager,” said Goldson [Premier Sports].

“We need something to change. We need a spark.

“I don’t want to say this, but we’ve lost a bit of hunger. We are champions and some think they don’t need to work as hard. That’s crept in all season.

“I’m not going to sit here and not give Hibs credit as they beat us fair and square.

“But as Rangers Football Club, we have to be so much better.

“As a team we are not performing right now. Not one player can hold their head high. The staff have been excellent and we have let ourselves down.

“If people don’t want to be in the right positions, we can’t blame coaches. It’s nowhere near good enough.”

The comments have caused a bit of a stir amongst fans who’ve been reacting to them on social media and calling Connor out for his own shortcomings:

 

These are the clean ones as well. I don’t need to tell anyone reading this that these are remarkably ill-judged and ill-timed comments which will come back to bite us if the opportunity presents itself.

What a remarkable lack of both leadership and understanding of the nature of Scottish football and Goldson needs to be less emotional and more controlled in this situation.

It is somewhat symbolic of a side who let the Rangers fans down and appeared to let their emotions get the better of them on the day.

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