Rangers produced another epic European evening tonight to topple a Braga who were suffocated from the word go and limited to few real chances. Indeed, Allan McGregor barely had a save to make all night, and the goalie can certainly thank two men especially for that state of affairs.
After taking abuse the entire calendar year (not from Ibrox Noise, we should point out) Connor Goldson rose again to the occasion and shone magnificently, while George Edmundson just assured himself of a permanent place in the side next to the vice captain with a display demonstrating everything Niko Katic has been missing the past two months.
Indeed, an astonishing 24 clearances and 6 aerial duels won between the two of them showed just how in sync they both were, and how effective they were individually.
Clearly this duo has been worked on big time over the past few days, and from a week or so ago where there was zero understanding between them, now it was nearly telepathic.
Edmundson truly announced himself with a superbly accomplished display – reading the game brilliantly, showing outstanding composure, and working some brute force defending into the equation too. He didn’t put a foot wrong.
Goldson, too, seemed to thrive under this pressure. He was everywhere, and we lost count of the number of times he read the play and was always in the right place at the right time.
Sadly for Niko Katic, he will have to raise his game a million times over to get anywhere near the team again – Edmundson has taken his place clinically by this showing.
And Goldson may finally have found the right rhythm and partner to get the best out of himself consistently.
And shut those boo boys up.
Well played gents.