Rangers defender Connor Goldson has outlined why Rangers lost at Celtic Park on Sunday.
The centre-back was one of the few to come out with positive reviews after the 1-0 loss to Brendan Rodgers’ men. Rangers failed to seriously trouble Celtic going forward, and were too negative in the first 45 minutes.
Olivier Ntcham scored the only goal of the contest after the hour mark. Goldson, who put in a thoroughly impressive display alongside Nikola Katic, believed that the Celtic goal was the moment that killed the Gers’ chances.
We are down, it is a massive game and we went into it unbeaten and we wanted to carry that on. I think we came out in the second half and we played football. It was an even game and their fans were starting to get a little bit edgy, which was what we wanted. Then, the goal just kills everything. I think it a foul in the build-up.
It’s ironic that Goldson believes the goal was the moment that killed Rangers’ chances. It seemed that only when Celtic scored did Rangers start to come into the game and trouble Celtic.
Before that, Steven Gerrard’s side were sitting too deep and were giving Celtic a lot of respect. This led to Rodgers’ side dominating the first half with ease. Rangers could barely get into the game before the goal, and supporters were frustrated with the approach.
Regardless, Goldson can be pleased with his own individual performance. Dealing with Odsonne Edouard, the former Brighton man showed why Gerrard brought him to Ibrox in the first place. Playing alongside Katic, Goldson stayed organised with his Croatian partner, and Celtic struggled for openings throughout the 90 minutes.
Next up for the Gers is a home game against Dundee after the international break. In the meantime, Gerrard will need to get back on the training field and work on the deficiencies which cost his side dearly at Parkhead.