Rangers fans lambast Goldson – the truth behind the display

Rangers fans lambast Goldson – the truth behind the display
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 25: Connor Goldson of Rangers warms up during the William Hill Scottish Cup match between Rangers and St Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium on April 25, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There is no denying Connor Goldson is not flavour of the month with Rangers fans. He’s been far from his best this season till the ex left, and of course his comments v Hibs did not go down well, particularly the surrendering at half time quote.

But the reality is Rangers fans have been fed up with him for over a year now – the new contract talk began October 2020, he got an offer in May and he never accepted, and then the Hibs malarkey compounded what fans were beginning to feel about him.

Yesterday, Goldson was lambasted by all and sundry for what was perceived as a dreadful game, when in fact he did very little wrong the whole match, with even normal incidents where others played a part in the problem being solely blamed on Goldson.

If we look at his stats, no Rangers defender had as many defensive stats as Goldson (blocks, tackles, clearances) yesterday, and he was the only defender not to waste a ball or lose it in possession.

For the opening goal, the whole backline was caught by route one football, with the only one close to the attacker being Goldson – but left exposed by his team mates he was unable to do much and a last-man tackle was too risky.

And for the McGregor save, he was again blamed for letting the ball get that close, for losing his man (he actually didn’t) without a hint of blame to either Arfield or Bassey for letting the ball get past, or Barisic or Kent for letting the cross in in the first place.

Was Goldson perfect all match? No, far from it. But he definitely didn’t have the horror match many fans are accusing him of.

He was ok, and his game has improved since Gio took over. He doesn’t dally on the ball any more, and the team is better for it.

Do we actually like him? We’re not big fans of the defender, in truth, and regulars will know we’ve been more critical than most of his performances since he joined.

But we also deal with facts and the facts are he wasn’t that bad yesterday.

Even if you want him to be.

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