Steven Gerrard shock for Feyenoord better not happen…


So we can’t be the only ones who saw a recent story claiming Nikola Katic is set to be benched tonight after allegedly being given a roasting by Connor Goldson after Rangers’ unconvincing win over Livi.

This report suggests the former Brighton stopper was fuming over Katic’s performance at the weekend, but where do we even begin with this.

First off, as our exclusive poll reveals, 90% of Rangers fans would drop Goldson before even thinking about Katic’s place among the subs.

Secondly, Goldson himself struggled in the same match, and if there’s any truth to this story, and we doubt that, it would be he more likely to be benched if all is pure and holy.

But then, a number of subplots arise as a result.

Firstly – like we say, Goldson wasn’t great, so he is in no position to tell anyone else off for not performing in that match.

Secondly is the fact that fans are completely in favour of starting Filip Helander in Goldson’s place for the foreseeable future.

And thirdly, the most telling of all – if Connor Goldson continues to play, but Katic is dropped for Feyenoord, it will be a deeply troubling turn of events showing Goldson can play as poorly as he wants and never gets dropped, while one error from Katic sees him benched. And if that kind of management manifested itself, we can honestly say for the first time we may believe Steven Gerrard isn’t the man to take Rangers forward. It’s that serious.

Of course, we’ll see the team sheet tonight before making such an emotional knee jerk reaction, but Katic has absolutely been one of, if not Rangers absolute best player this season. If he was to be dropped tactically for a perceived ‘poor’ performance (it wasn’t) at the first hurdle, while Goldson continues after a string of them, it would be one of the worst pieces of management from our coach and would suggest last season’s nonsense which saw Joe Worrall take Katic’s place by the time the European group football began had absolutely nothing to do with loan clauses, and everything to do with Steven Gerrard.

It’s safe to say Katic being on the bench tonight would be a complete outrage.

It better not be the case.


  1. I hate knee jerk reactions, but would have to agree that dropping Katic instead of Goldson would be a seismic mistake.
    Also, Helander should have been blooded at the weekend, not tonight

  2. As a professional Goldson is perfectly entitled to giive Katic a roasting if he isn't doing his job, even if he himself isn't having the best of games. That is expected. That is how young players learn. But Katic is equally entitled to give it back when the tables are turned. That is how the whole team should operate. No place for mistakes or slackers. That drives the performance of the whole team up.

  3. I am a bit concerned about some of the calls for Helander to just walk straight into the team. I have not seen a lot of him, so it would not be fair for me to judge him, but what if he doesn't settle in – and by that time we have slagged off Goldson, what do we do – bring in Edmondson ? Try someone else ?

    We need to get a settled side together, too much constant changing and being overly critical of players when they have a bad game, then they play well and IN are saying they are now worth millions. Give it a rest guys.

  4. He'd hardly be walking into the team. He's been here 2 months. But I agree it could unsettle the team to change it at such a crucial stage. I don't think he will.

  5. To be fair Goldson an Helander played well together, so its good that Katic can come in and Gerard can rotate them. After all its a squad and everyone should be fighting for places.

  6. The thing is, katich may be shocking on the right or helander if you put him there, helander and katich cant both play left back if they're both playing?

  7. The thing is, katic may be shocking on the right or helander if you put him there, helander and katic cant both play left back if they're both playing?

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