Connor Goldson’s omission from the Rangers squad yesterday had many wondering why.
The former Brighton centre-back has been one of the main constants in Steven Gerrard’s squad. Therefore, to hear that he hadn’t been selected to be involved in any capacity yesterday was a surprise.
Not that Rangers needed him in the end. The Ibrox side cruised to an incredible 7-1 demolition of Motherwell to race up to joint-second along with Hearts.
Gerrard, however, has confirmed the reason as to why Goldson missed the squad. Speaking in the Daily Record this morning, Gerrard revealed a chest problem forced him to rule out his number one centre-back.
“He’s got a chest issue at the moment. It’s not a chest infection but he’s getting severe pain around his chest. It’s not linked to a previous issue he’s had when he was at his previous club. It is an illness that he’s had for a week or two, so he should be fine for Livingston.
“He played with it on Thursday night but it got worse. He tried it yesterday in training and today he called in to say it’s not possible to play.”
This isn’t news that will be too unsurprising to the Rangers supporters. Whilst we took a stab yesterday and felt he was omitted due to his poor performance in Moscow, he remains the club’s main centre-back.
What is a concern, however, is the nature of this injury. Chest pain is fairly common, but to have had it for a couple of weeks must be a worry for Gerrard. Even if he’s confident Goldson will be fit for the visit of Livingston, he must be keeping an eye on him.
As much as nobody will want to make excuses, it would certainly explain Goldson’s horror show in Spartak. An own goal, a deflected goal, and an all-round shaky display led to fans raising their eyebrows at Goldson.
Rangers also don’t need to continue chopping up their partnership in defence. Goldson has been the one constant in it, with Gerrard often switching between Nikola Katic and Joe Worrall. Gareth McAuley is also back to full fitness, and likely to be given more game-time.
Fans will likely be pleased to hear, however, that there’s nothing more to Goldson’s omission. An apparent simple chest injury that should be healed up for two weeks’ time.