As Rangers hammered Falkirk 4-0 in the Betfred Cup, for many the game was viewed as a chance to rest the likes of Connor Goldson ahead of a tough December run.
But with Filip Helander testing positive for Covid-19 – and George Edmundson serving a suspension for breaking guidelines – the big defender started the match alongside rookie Calvin Bassey.
Not only did Goldson play yet another 90 minutes, our commander in chief also got Rangers underway with a stunning, raking over the top pass to Jermain Defoe, who finished with aplomb.
But there was a moment in the match involving Connor which had Rangers fans, backroom staff and players alike nervous for only a split second.
On Falkirk’s plastic pitch Goldson appeared to go down rather innocuously with hearts beating and collective gulping aplenty as Gers fans held their breath.
Thankfully, the big stopper got back to his feet and continued to complete the match as October’s Scottish Premiership Player of the Month continued his solid form this season.
Thankfully, it was as a direct result of a naughty rake by a Falkirk defender rather than a misstep on a dodgy surface.
But in that moment – when Rangers fans everywhere were nervously chewing their fingernails whilst watching the match – Goldson’s value to this side was laid bare.
There’s not a Bear out there who didn’t feel a mild panic in that moment, a sign of just how important Connor Goldson is to our ambitions this season.
Alongside James Tavernier, Connor Goldson is probably one of two players who simply cannot be replaced in this title race.
Composed, commanding and more than capable on the ball, Rangers fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief, but that moment highlights just how much the support values Connor’s contribution.
It’s not just the supporters either – Rangers legend Walter Smith has heaped praise on Connor Goldson’s contribution this season after fully settling into life at Ibrox.