Connor Goldson’s risk yesterday hasn’t been discussed even nearly enough since Rangers bested Celtic at Ibrox.
The big Englishman was partnered alongside Joe Worrall. Granted, we’ve been quick to consistently criticise that partnership, but it proved to be one filled with character.
Worrall himself was immense at the back for Rangers. For the first time in a long time, he looked assured and nowhere near as nervous as he’s been in previous outings. He rose to the big-game occasion whilst everyone in green-and-white failed to.
Yet, whilst Worrall deserves plenty of praise, many are failing to discuss his partner’s risky move beforehand. Goldson, not that you would know it, was playing through the pain barrier yesterday.
The former Brighton man took an injection before the game to make sure he could play. Perhaps that says a lot about how low down Nikola Katic has become at Ibrox, but that’s not the point.
The point is that Goldson was apparently in pain yesterday, yet still strolled the game with ease. It was his second Old Firm game since joining the club, and the second that he’s now bossed. Even at Parkhead, Goldson was commanding when the ball came near him, and seriously looked the part on that day too.
Connor Goldson deserves special praise
But yesterday? Special praise is warranted. He dealt with the threats of both Mikey Johnston and Odsonne Edouard tremendously well. Even if Edouard got only 20 minutes, he was still a quiet figure.
Goldson had of course picked up an injury against Hibernian on Wednesday that forced him off. Katic came on, and it seemed as though Goldson was going to miss the crucial game against Rangers’ fierce rivals yesterday.
Instead, the big defender stepped up to make his 36th appearance of the season for the club. To many, that’s pretty much a full campaign already.
It’s important that supporters don’t forget these kind of acts from their players. Goldson would’ve been expected to struggle when many heard about his injection. Instead, however, he did everything but.
For Rangers, yesterday was an all-round massive day for the club. For Goldson, however, it was a symbol of just how far he’ll go to make sure this club is a success again.