This is the last piece we’re doing on Connor Goldson for quite some time, inspired by a reader who was ‘glad we’re dissing Goldson now because he’s pathetic’.
See, there will be a strong school of belief among the support that all players unconditionally must be backed, and that as long as they’re in our jersey they’re one of us and deserve that support.
And many among you our heavy criticism of the defender doesn’t fit into that, that it might even sound ‘tim-like’.
And if we were reading these criticisms of Goldson on another Rangers site, we might even tend to agree (albeit we know 99% of them are actually pure advertising clickbait and do not have our club’s best interests at hand).
But that bit in brackets is the difference – all of us on Ibrox Noise want success for our club, the best for our club, and players who want to be here.
While Fashion Sakala’s stock has plummeted, one thing we always liked about him and respected was the fact he was so absolutely delighted when he joined, that he felt he’d finally hit the big time and was utterly honoured to be at Rangers.
He showed humility and was thrilled to be in our colours.
Has Connor Goldson ever come close to showing any grace about being at Rangers?
Even his talk about the contract when he actually addressed it at the end of 55 was about how he wanted to be remembered for 55, 56, 57 – he didn’t say anything about how he wanted to stay and help the club to dominate, or help his team mates. He just wanted his own reputation to soar.
Because he wanted the move to the PL. Which he didn’t get.
And so now we’re seeing a deeply unmotivated defender who this season has shown absolute contempt for the shirt, blaming others for his errors, costing us a tonne with those errors and even his biggest fans among the support have lost a bit of goodwill towards him.
See, we really don’t want to pick out our players, lord knows we want to praise every one of them.
But Goldson is making it very difficult this season to give him any credit, to give him your blind faith.
He barely wants to be here, he even admitted he ‘had a decision to make’ and he settled for us because nothing else came up.
And now to add to that, his play on the pitch is absolutely horrendous.
Look, if Connor Goldson ups his game, defends like Gough or Butcher and turns it around, we will, as loyal Rangers men, fickle to the bone, switch round and give him all the credit and praise in the world that he will earn, and forget about the contract nonsense and the apathy.
But he’s not justifying the contract with form to reflect him getting another 4-year deal. Not even close.
That Connor Goldson is being outclassed by James Sands tells you everything.