Legendary former Rangers boss Walter Smith has heaped praise on Ibrox defender Connor Goldson and claims the player has finally settled in at Ibrox.

English centre-half Goldson was one of Steven Gerrard’s first signings at Rangers and since joining the club from Brighton for a reported £3.5m fee, has cemented himself as a first-team starter.

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Rangers centre-half Connor Goldson has been a leading light for the club this season. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But more than that this season in particular Connor Goldson has elevated his game to another level and is a leading player for a Rangers side full of talent and on rampant form.

Despite the variety of options Rangers have at centre-half Steven Gerrard rarely wavers from the ex-Shrewsbury man with Goldson playing every minute for the Ibrox side this season.

According to Smith, that alone is evidence that the big man is a key player for Rangers as he lavished the centre-half with special praise.

“Connor’s done well since coming to Ibrox and I don’t think you can say this is just something that’s happened this season,” said Goldson [Scottish Sun].

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“Like every other player it takes a wee bit of time to settle in. And sometimes when you’re a defender it’s a wee bit harder than other areas of the pitch.

 

“But Connor has been terrific and it’s demonstrated by the fact Steven doesn’t leave him out of the team at all.

Legendary former Rangers boss Walter Smith built a successful Gers side on a solid defence and admires the contribution of Connor Goldson. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“That’s how well thought of he is by everybody and I’d struggle to argue with that.”

Goldson, 27, has enjoyed an up-and-down relationship with the Rangers fans but this season he has emerged as one of the foundations of this fluent Gers side.

A vocal presence on the field, Goldson has largely managed to rub out those lapses in concentration in defence and cuts a more determined, responsible figure at the heart of the defence.

Moreover, the big man has refined his fine range of passing with Goldson’s raking diagonals a feature of our play at times.

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Connor Goldson has also been able to play alongside a range of fellow centre-halves with Rangers and is very much the club’s first choice. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Connor has played a huge role in a team which has kept 17 clean sheets in 22 games this season, with his derby double against Old Firm rivals Celtic just rewards for outstanding form this campaign.

Goldson’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed by the powers that be either – the big defender was also named as the Player of the Month for October.

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