Are we about to find out just how good Goldson and Katic are?
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Are we about to find out just how good Goldson and Katic are?

Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic’s stats have impressed just about everyone, but we’re about to find out how good they really are.

The dynamic defensive duo have shored up the Rangers back-line pretty much on their own. James Tavernier and Borna Barisic have done solid jobs alongside the pair, but it’s the centre-backs that deserve all the praise.

Last season, Rangers fans had to struggle through with the likes of Fabio Cardoso and Russell Martin at the back. It was a time of fear for the Gers faithful, and not one of their centre-backs truly stepped up.

Russell Martin was one of several poor defenders from last season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This season, however, they have two who have.

Steven Gerrard’s side kept another clean sheet against Dundee on Saturday, but you expect that now against these sides. Goldson and Katic dominated once more, and they looked comfortable in doing so.

Next up, however, is a test that will truly prove to us how good the pair really are. Not just Villarreal, but the Europa League as a whole.

The likes of Carlos Bacca and Santi Cazorla will be testing Rangers on Thursday night. It’s a quality of player that Rangers haven’t yet come up against this season. As always, however, it’s great for the development of both centre-backs and the team as a whole in truth.

The duo will only become a stronger partnership by experiencing quality like this. We all recognise that Katic and Goldson are good players, and they’ll get Rangers to where they want to go.

Nikola Katic has been so impressive since signing in the summer (Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Just how good are they, though? Are they good enough to keep out proven European quality away from home in tricky conditions? That’s a level of class Rangers fans would love to find out their new defence contains.

The Gers showed terrific defensive astuteness to qualify for the competition in the first place. In fact, it can be argued that the Ibrox side’s qualification was built on their defensive qualities.

The group stages, however, offer much stiffer competition. It’ll be a contest that Rangers aren’t expected to win or even take a point from.

The new back-line has passed every test put in front of it so far, including Parkhead. Can it now do the same against top class European opposition?

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