Dundee United manager Micky Mellon has heaped praise on Rangers star Connor Goldson, a player he managed at Shrewsbury Town, as quoted by the Courier.

Mellon was born in Paisley but ahead of taking up his post with the Terrors, had played and coached almost exclusively in England.

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Micky Mellon took over at Dundee United following the departure of Robbie Neilson. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

It was in the EFL six years ago that he worked for a season with Gers vice-captain Goldson, at New Meadow.

Goldson left for Brighton a year after Mellon took over, but the manager says he could tell even when the defender was playing in the fourth tier of English football, that he would become a very good player.

“I have always said he is a leader, influential and he will get better and better because he is one of these guys who wants to continually improve and he is one of those lads who has continually done that,” he said, as quoted by The Courier. “When you have players you have that bond with them and you like to see them kick on and do well in their careers.”

“He has done really well. I had him at Shrewsbury and even back then he was experienced and had played over a 100 games at 20 or 21.

“Even then you could tell he was a lad that was going to do well and the lads around him had to do well to match his standards. He was always that type of lad – first and last off the training ground.”

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Rangers star Connor Goldson has been praised heavily by Dundee United boss Mellon. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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Connor Goldson has been one of Steven Gerrard’s most consistent players across the manager’s two years at Ibrox.

Since arriving from Brighton, he’s been the first-choice centre-back, playing alongside many partners but retaining consistency in his own performances.

The 27-year-old has made errors in possession from time to time but few players rack up 112 appearances for a club without the occasional lapse.

Mellon’s comments give an insight into Goldson’s commitment to his profession and it’s encouraging to see a Gers player spoken of so highly by an opposing manager.

The Englishman will be hoping to disappoint his old boss on Saturday, though, as he looks to contribute to a seventh consecutive domestic clean sheet for Rangers.

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