In recent weeks there’s been a real debate amongst Rangers fans over whether Connor Goldson or Nikola Katic should be the club’s primary centre half.
There was even the suggestion that Goldson might make way instead of Katic for Filip Helander, but the opposite has been the case in the last few matches.
In standard Goldson style, the big defender emphatically answered his critics with a commanding display against St. Johnstone and a powerfully headed goal in the 4-0 win.
And yet, there are still detractors in the camp.
The big defender – who’s almost guaranteed position in the Ibrox first XI shows just how highly Steven Gerrard relies on him – continues to come in for criticism.
I'm scared we're going to lose a fantastic talent in Katic too early.
He's not going to be happy being the one punished all the time over the favourite boy Goldson.
For me Katic is our best CB with the brightest future.#FreeKatic 🔴⚪🔵🇭🇷
Who's your pick?
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) September 22, 2019
Katic shouldn't be dropped before Goldson. Katic is the better defender.
— Ian Ferguson (@TheIanFerg) September 22, 2019
Helander looks very assuring but Goldson is getting worse by the week
— Camy. (@CAMYMCCO) September 22, 2019
So your telling me goldson hasn't dropped in form lately??? If that's the excuse for katic then surely it works for goldson too mate!! I don't need stats either as I see every game 🙄
— I🇬🇧 D🇬🇧 Mc🇬🇧 (@IanDurrant9) September 23, 2019
Someone who gave up the promise of Premier League football to be a starter for Rangers under Steven Gerrard, there’s a real disconnect between fans and what Goldson actually brings to the team.
He’s our defensive marshal, an outlet on the ball, and – whilst at times he could be accused of being shaky – is central to what Steven Gerrard is trying to achieve.
The fact he plays so much is the biggest testament to that.
Interestingly, a wave of Rangers fans have jumped to the big defender’s defence, as if to return those favours he does for us week in, week out.
Seems wee need a whipping boy in the team and it’s CONOR GOLDSON turn just now …..seems since Katic got left out it’s goldson fault … so let’s pick on him ….thought goldson was great on Thursday and his goal yesterday was as good one lapse in the first half and get him out.
— bitablue (@StuartCab205) September 23, 2019
If you can’t see how important Connor Goldson is to us just stop watching fitba
— David McGuire (@muggy_mcguire) September 22, 2019
Goldson > Katic on a consistent level.
Stop yer greetin and welcome to the party
— 𝖥𝗈𝗋𝗓𝖺 𝖯𝖺𝗉𝖺𝖼 (@forzapapac_) September 22, 2019
Just putting this out there, Katic has been dropped because of poor form, there’s no hidden agenda, no manager spat and no Goldson spat, anything else to the contrary is just shite tbh…
— Snags (@Snagsy1980) September 22, 2019
Can't believe goldson is hugging Morelos like this.
Get him off and get katic on pic.twitter.com/eF2ChJVbns
— CJ (@Cjnovo992) September 22, 2019
Midfield a bigger issue than Katic, IMO. Goldson and Helander will be fine. Cunts talk about Goldson as if he’s Rob Kiernan.
— Greg Bruce (@GregBrucex) September 19, 2019
This goldson business is absolutely bizarre
— RT (@Rt_415) September 23, 2019
Big Goldson has equalled his goals in Europe already this season and is 1 away from equalling his league goals (25 games less).
— The Railway Bears 🚂🐻💙 (@TheRailwayBears) September 23, 2019
With some fans are emotionally attached to Niko Katic and his passionate displays, it makes you think this could well be putting blinkers on when it comes to the Croatian’s development.
The love-in for Katic is another reason why Goldson has been on the receiving end from some quarters.
Every mistake of the Englishman’s is analysed and derided with some supporters feeling this is justification enough to see Katic reinstated.
But the Croatian U21 international is far from the finished product and will continue to be used sparingly by the club.
Connor Goldson on the other hand is a reliable, consistent force in the Rangers backline and deserves more praise and respect from some supporters.