Rangers fans have praised Connor Goldson for his outstanding Europa League display against Porto on Thursday night.
Goals from Alfredo Morelos and Steven Davis saw the Gers to a famous European victory, but the result was built around a clean sheet and Goldson was crucial to that.
Steven Gerrard has four senior centre-backs to choose from, but there’s little doubt that he has the most trust in the 26-year-old, who has already made a whopping 25 appearances this season.
Partnered with Filip Helander, as he has been for the last five matches, the Englishman stood up to everything the opposition threw at him.
He was utterly dominant in the air, ensuring Porto got no joy with crosses from wide areas, while he made multiple well-timed blocks and clearances, just as it looked as though the defences had been breached.
At times his distribution has been shaky this season, but he used the ball efficiently in this contest, helping the team to play out from the back.
He’s been the constant while Helander, Katic and Edmundson have rotated in and out of the side, often grabbing the headlines. Yet, this performance showed just why Gerrard rates him so highly.
His efforts drew plenty of praise from Bears on social media, with some suggesting it was his best performance since joining from Brighton in the summer of 2018.
Here’s a selection of reactions:
Quite possibly Goldson’s best game in a Rangers shirt
— Clubber (@Laing1974) November 7, 2019
Aye he was great tonight 👌🇬🇧🇬🇧
— Rfc55Jo (@joanrfc) November 7, 2019
Goldson was a brick wall the night! Played big man 👏🏻
— Gav1872 (@RangersDaft72) November 7, 2019
Morelos will get the plaudits, and rightly so, but that was one of Connor Goldson’s best games in a Rangers shirt. Immense from the big man.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RyanGilbert79) November 7, 2019
Goldson was a rock. Special mention for Kamara, seems at his best playing better opposition. breaks up the play, drives it forward, consistent passing. Plays big games well but struggles more against the more brutal SPFL teams, almost like a Hemdani
— Rangers Goalkeepers (@RFC_Goalies) November 7, 2019
Will be overlooked but tonight was Connor Goldson’s best in a Rangers jersey!
— Deej (@AlwaysRangers) November 7, 2019
Goldson had his best game for rangers tonight.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) November 7, 2019
A big appreciation tweet for Helander &, goldson what a partnership their building together absolutely brilliant watp 🔴⚪🔵👍 pic.twitter.com/ZUjDAiLV3h
— true blue 1970 (@wullielittle) November 8, 2019
Morelos overall play and the finish for his goal was superb.
Goldson was outstanding.
Davis goal great to see.
Fan display excellent. Near broke my leg doing the bouncy!
— James Whyte (@james_ws_whyte) November 8, 2019
How good was Goldson last night btw 😍 you see Katic & Helander getting all this praise, only fair he gets the plaudits for last night 👏
— Rangers Daft 🍊 (@RangersDaft55) November 8, 2019