On the pitch, there are few players in the Rangers side who play with more heart than Connor Goldson.
But the passion the big man beats through the side comes in the face in his own adversity. In February 2017 a routine heart screening showed a defect and the former Brighton defender underwent surgery.
Ten months later he made his return for Brighton in the Premier League. Not long after he was signing for Rangers, and he hasn’t looked back. After everything, he remains immensely grateful.
And as Connor Goldson handed over a £20,000 cheque to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland on behalf of Rangers, it’s a poignant reminder of how far the big defender has come.
Fit as a fiddle and a rock for Rangers, he has overcome major physical issues to make it as a professional footballer. It’s pretty incredible when you think about how many games he’s played for us.
Now 26, Goldson is a figurehead for Gerrard’s Rangers. He has played an immense 53 games for the club this season, even managing four goals.
Goldson has been a rock for Rangers
This is someone who just over two years ago probably thought he might not play again.
It’s been a special journey for the big defender and let’s hope this is just the beginning.
Rangers should be commended for this donation, and Goldson is happy to back it.
“I’ve been delighted to get involved in this season’s partnership with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, particularly given my own history,” Goldson told Rangers.co.uk.
💙 CHARITY: Connor Goldson has presented Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) with a cheque for £20K from @RFC_Charity following a successful season-long partnership.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 16, 2019
“It’s a great thing that Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is doing in Glasgow. It’s so important for people to find out their health risks and make positive changes.”
Let’s hope the charity can do for another patient what heart doctors managed to do for Connor. You never know, maybe they’ll wind up being a big part of Rangers too.