If there is one player in Rangers’ team fans are guilty of taking for granted it is absolutely Connor Goldson.
Sure, it took him a long time to win supporters over after a slightly indifferent first couple of seasons, but Ibrox Noise has repeatedly revealed his stats, particularly clearances, and there’s no denying that while we too have been harshly critical in the past of his performances, these days he’s won absolutely everyone over.
And now we take him for granted.
When you look at the fitness levels of Goldson, who spent two years out of the game following crucial surgery, he is absolutely making up for lost time and has barely missed a minute since joining Rangers.
Meanwhile almost every partner he has ever had has been beset with all kinds of injury troubles – Katic, McAuley, Balogun, Helander – they have all lost chunks of their Rangers careers through one niggle or another, while Goldson has been ever-present.
The few that didn’t – Edmundson and Worrall standing out, clearly aren’t and weren’t good enough to be Rangers defenders.
But Katic, McAuley (despite what some thought at the time) Balogun and Helander do or have appeared to be of the level needed, but injury curtailed it.
Ever-reliable, never injured, always available, and Steven Gerrard even once made a joke of how Goldson would be first in line at training to demand being picked. It was even likened to how Donkey bounces at the back yelling ‘pick me’ in Shrek.
But that decision has been a good one.
Because now we watch so many defenders fall all over themselves to get injured, but we can always rely on the ex-Brighton man being fit.
Whatever you think of him as a player, Stevie rates him hugely, and depends critically on him.