Rangers star lost possession 16 times in shaky performance vs Hibs
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Rangers star lost possession 16 times in shaky performance vs Hibs

Rangers vice-captain Connor Goldson has received plenty of criticism lately and he produced another shaky performance on the ball in Wednesday’s 1-0 Premiership win over Hibs.

Goldson was outstanding throughout last season as the Gers romped to the title but his form has dropped off significantly.

Goldson picked up the Manager’s Player of the Year award at the end of last season. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Clean sheets have been a lot harder to come by and his distribution, which was brilliant for most of the 2020/21 campaign, is letting him down.

He did contribute to a rare and important shutout at Easter Road on Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old Englishman got a goal-saving touch to Joe Newell’s second-half cross, diverting it away from the waiting Kevin Nisbet, and he did well in the air in both halves, winning all four of his aerial duels [SofaScore].

However, it seemed that every time he looked to play the ball forward, particularly in the second period, he found a green shirt rather than a blue one.

The stats back up that notion, too.

Over the 90 minutes, Goldson lost possession a whopping 16 times [SofaScore].

It was another below-par performance on the ball for Rangers centre-back Goldson against Hibernian. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There were worse offenders in the team, with Borna Barisic losing the ball 21 times.

However, Barisic has a license to push high up the pitch and on the whole, the positions in which he lost the ball were less dangerous.

When teams sit in against Rangers, Goldson does have a level of responsibility in terms of trying to start attacks.

But a passing accuracy of 74% for the match is both concerning and way below his previous high standards.

While his makeshift centre-back partner Calvin Bassey was also guilty of losing possession in dangerous areas on a couple of occasions, the 21-year-old arguably looked more comfortable than Goldson with the ball at his feet and although he attempted fewer passes, he had a much better passing accuracy of 82%.

There’s plenty for the vice-captain to work on on the training pitch, then, ahead of the visit of Dundee on Saturday.

Meanwhile, GvB has explained why Ryan Jack surprisingly missed out on the matchday squad at Easter Road.

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