Rangers defender Connor Goldson currently sits above all Premier League, La Liga and Serie A stars in terms of minutes played this season.
Given the Premiership’s relatively early start date in comparison to those leagues, Goldson did have a head start, but the Scotsman reports that his 3150 minutes on the pitch across all competitions is the most of any player in Europe so far this season.
It’s an incredible statistic that speaks volumes about the centre-back’s commitment and robustness.
Remarkably, the vice-captain has been on the pitch for every minute of Rangers’ 35 matches so far this season.
That’s 24 Premiership fixtures, three Europa League qualifiers, six Europa League group games and two League Cup ties.
While Leon Balogun, Filip Helander and George Edmundson have all featured in the left-sided centre-back role, Goldson has been a constant on the right, playing a starring role in what has been a near-flawless Gers campaign to date.
His importance to the side is no new development, though.
Goldson has had the trust of Steven Gerrard ever since he joined the club from Brighton in the summer of 2018.
Since then, the Englishman has racked up an impressive 141 appearances in Light Blue, while he made his 67th consecutive Premiership appearance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park [Scotsman].
Already this season, Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and James Tavernier have received praise for passing 400, 300 and 250 Gers appearances respectively.
Goldson still has some way to go to reach those sorts of milestones, but he deserves major recognition for what he has done so far at the club.
He’s made mistakes along the way but he’s been extremely consistent at the back this season while also offering a major goal threat in the opposition box, as evidenced by his match-winning Old Firm brace in October.
Celtic’s recent slip-ups have brought Rangers closer to history and when the club’s 55th league title is eventually secured, Goldson will have the satisfaction of knowing that he played as big a role as anyone in ending the club’s major trophy drought.
Goldson is set to make his 68th straight Premiership appearance against Ross County on Saturday but fans have urged Gerrard to change his centre-back partner.