'I love having him beside me' - Rangers star lauds big Ibrox asset thriving in face of criticism
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Rangers skipper Tavernier lauds oft criticised Connor Goldson for Celtic display

Rangers skipper James Tavernier has lauded Connor Goldson for his match-winning performance against Celtic, as quoted by the Herald.

The centre-back scored a surprise brace on Saturday afternoon, heading home the opener inside ten minutes before wrapping up the victory in the second half with a smart close-range finish.

Rangers defender Connor Goldson celebrates after putting Rangers 2-0 up at Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was the perfect afternoon for the defender as the Gers also kept a clean sheet, with Celtic failing to register a shot on target across the 90 minutes.

“I am delighted for him and to get two goals at Parkhead, as a centre-back, it is a great day for him,” said Tavernier, as quoted by the Herald. “He should be proud of himself, he was outstanding. I am delighted for him, he is a big asset for us attacking and defensively so I am really proud of him. I have always had great belief in Connor and I love having him beside me and playing next to him.”

“He gives us that freedom, I feel I have got extra security when I go forward because I know he is going to cover me in those positions.

“He does get criticism but that is part of the package. He is the one that has to step on the field and he has been terrific for us since he has come here.”

Goldson and Tavernier have excelled during a strong start to the season for Rangers. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Rangers skipper Tavernier lauds teammate Connor Goldson for Celtic display – Verdict

Goldson has received regular criticism from a section of the Rangers support since his arrival at the club from Brighton in the summer of 2018.

There’s no doubt he has made some costly mistakes, most recently in the 2-2 draw with Hibernian at Easter Road, while an early error on Saturday gifted Mohamed Elyounoussi a golden opportunity to level the scores.

However, in general, he’s been superb in a Rangers shirt and any player who makes 120 appearances across two and a bit seasons is going to have the odd mishap.

Like Tavernier, the 27-year-old is always available and he clearly commands considerable respect in the dressing room.

After putting in the hard yards and experiencing plenty of disappointment since he joined the club, Goldson deserved his ideal afternoon at Celtic Park on Saturday.

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