Rewind to the beginning of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers tenure, and the knives were out in the Ibrox support for Connor Goldson.
The club’s vice-captain had just peeled back the layers of the Ibrox dressing room following that 3-1 Hampden Premier Sports Cup exit to Hibs and the backlash was fierce.
😳 Pathetic and Embarrassing.pic.twitter.com/adXpiKRkak
— 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 (@SeafarerMichael) November 21, 2021
But in the short weeks after these comments – where Connor Goldson questioned the “hunger” of his underperforming teammates and claimed the game was over at 3-1 – the centre-back looks like a player reborn.
Connor Goldson experiencing new Rangers manager bounce
Like everyone in the Ibrox squad, Connor Goldson has experienced a new manager bounce which has the Gers resurgent and answering many of the questions he brought on the squad.
In GVB’s first six matches, Rangers have won five and a largely second-string side from midfield to front held out for a noble 1-1 draw in Lyon.
When van Bronckhorst took over Rangers had developed a habit of conceding the first goal, with the club’s goalkeepers seemingly incapable of saving and defenders incapable of defending.
Given his squad seniority and current contract situation, Connor Goldson became something of a sounding board for fan frustrations.
But what a response the big defender has roared back with amid doubts over the player’s commitment.
Connor Goldson Rangers contract situation puts pressure on performances
Goldson’s contract situation has been lingering over him all season long and poor performances were threatening to damage an Ibrox legacy four years in the making.
Connor Goldson was a vital part of 55 and he’s proving that – if Rangers get this title over the line – he’ll be a vital part of 56 too. Regardless of the contract situation.
That long-raking pass over the top was a feature of Connor’s play last season and a weapon in Rangers’ arsenal which this campaign has been either underused or underwhelming.
A return to form for underused weapon in Rangers’ arsenal
Goldson is probably the only defender in the Scottish Premiership who can play that ball over the top with such pinpoint accuracy and whilst Joe Aribo’s control takes the plaudits, it was a welcome sight after a bumpy few months for the Ibrox defender.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 12, 2021
Prior to the resurgent form of the ex-Brighton man there were doubts regarding his future and whether the Gers should consider offering him a deal at all.
But now Connor Goldson is letting his football do the talking and so long as he continues to underpin our recent performances, questions of commitment will be put on the back burner.
Whilst Connor Goldson continues to impress under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, one Ibrox star has just suffered a major festive “setback”.