The Gers’ season has been decimated by injury to this point with major questions surrounding the club’s recruitment, training and management of what is a sizeable squad.
Amongst the areas hardest hit is centre-back where Rangers have spent the bulk of the season without a combination of Connor Goldson, Ben Davies, John Souttar and Filip Helander.
As a result of the utter decimation in the position, the likes of Leon King and James Sands have been forced to deputise and it’s something which has quite clearly taken its toll.
Rangers were humiliated in the Champions League group stages whilst the club currently finds itself nine points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.
It is fair to say that the defensive injury crisis was also a major factor in the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, as the club dropped points to St Mirren, St Johnstone and Livingston heading into the World Cup break.
Rangers boosted by Connor Goldson & Ben Davies return
Now, Michael Beale will be delighted to have his top two centre-back options back in the side with Connor Goldson and Ben Davies representing £7.5m of Premier League talent which has been out of the side as of late.
That’s a substantial amount of money for a club like Rangers to have out of the side and there can be no doubt that whilst the momentum building result against Aberdeen was important, so was getting these two players back on the pitch together.
If the Gers can get the two up to speed quickly and get them into the same team regularly, then maybe it can change the momentum of the entire season too.
And for anyone doubting the commitment of Connor Goldson to the Rangers cause, watch this clip of the defender against Aberdeen.