Steven Gerrard has dropped a Connor Goldson stunner by confirming he is now willing to drop the English CB.
The former Brighton man has been an absolute first-pick since he joined, but Gerrard now says, after recently inferring the vice-captain was undroppable, that he was overused last season and now that he’s so healthy in defence the big man will find himself benched a few times now.
Speaking recently, Rangers’ manager is overjoyed at the depth at the back, and for the first time is completely content with what he has there, but reveals he picked Goldson too much and is now willing to drop him for rotational purposes.
“I think what we found last year is we over-used Connor Goldson. We obviously got an injury to Filip [Helander last term], and then obviously the huge setback with [Nikola] Katic early in pre-season. We need four centre-backs, all fit and available. Leon is one that we are not sure whether he can churn out the games like Goldson. So, you will see in my selections from time to time, even on the back of a clean sheet or a good performance that we make a change in that area because we have to manage them from an individual point of view as well.”
Fans have been wound up for years by Stevie’s refusal to ever rest the English CB, with his apparent immunity from dropping no matter how he played, and while the 27-year old has actually been in good form this term, his manager has now confirmed he will rest him where possible in order to keep the backline refreshed.
In truth, we’re not quite sure just how much we totally buy that he was ‘forced’ to overuse Goldson given he had Katic and Edmundson in reserve as well as Helander at various points in the season, but the backline is certainly extremely healthy now and we will definitely see rotation for freshness’ sake.
And that’s good to know.