Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson didn’t have the best of nights in Lisbon on Thursday.
The 27-year-old scored an unfortunate own goal and saw his side concede twice in the final 15 minutes to blow a two-goal lead against a side that had played the majority of the game with 10 men.
However, the defender’s overall record so far this season is outstanding.
Remarkably, he’s been on the pitch for the duration of Rangers’ 19 fixtures in all competitions, racking up 1710 minutes of action.
The Englishman has robustly led the defence to great effect over the first three months of the campaign.
He’s contributed to a stunning tally of 15 clean sheets and has made his mark at the top end of the pitch, too, scoring four times.
Goldson netted in the Europa League qualifiers against Lincoln Red Imps and Willem II but most importantly, he stood up on Old Firm day with a match-winning brace.
With an international break falling early in the month, the Gers only played three league fixtures in October, but they made the most of the opportunities on offer.
Either side of the victory at Parkhead, there were 2-0 wins over Ross County and Livingston at Ibrox, with the vice-captain playing a big part in restricting the three opposition sides to a combined total of one shot on target.
It was little surprise, then, when he picked up the Premiership Player of the Month award ahead of Sunday’s clash against Hamilton Accies.
“I feel like I am in a good place,” Goldson said after receiving the award, as quoted by Rangers.co.uk. “I feel mentally good. I feel physically good and obviously, the recognition is nice, but at the same time, I’m just happy it’s been a good month.”
With the November international break looming, the centre-back will be looking for another 90 minutes and a clean sheet against Accies, as the Gers seek their sixth consecutive league victory.