If there’s a topic we’ve gone nowhere near recently, it’s that of Connor Goldson.
The Rangers vice-captain has been a divisive soul the last year or two, but we’re not going to babble on about his contract shambles.
What we will say is few have benefited more from Allan McGregor’s return than he, and does Ben Davies, a natural left-sided CB have a part to play too?
And yes, that means Connor Goldson is noticeably playing better these days – indeed, we’ve rarely seen him turn his back once.
Few started the season worse than Goldson – no question the absolutely atrocious Jon McLaughlin behind him and indeed the rest of the defence wasn’t helping matters, and most fans couldn’t ship the defender out quick enough.
Turning his back, ducking – it was some of the most diabolical and cowardly defending Rangers fans have seen in years, and few could ‘defend’ him.
But with the return of Allan McGregor against Napoli and ever since, we’ve seen a real change in Goldson. He looks more comfortable, he’s getting in many more interceptions, and he seems more confident.
In short, he looks like he’s going back towards 55 form, rather than the average he was last season and the terrible he’d been this.
Is that down to McGregor? Is it down to having a left-sided partner in Ben Davies next to him?
We’d say a touch of both.
If there’s one thing Davies is, it’s comfortable on the ball. He’s just there, and while his defending is hardly brute force hatchet man, it’s serviceable – but Goldson knows he can give the ball to Davies and he won’t generally lose it.
Meanwhile behind him Goldson once again has the best Scottish goalie of the past few decades in the form of Allan McGregor, a goalie he can rely on and trust, unlike the last first choice Gio misguided selected.
All in all, it’s helping Goldson concentrate on his own game and not worry about everyone else.
Which is a step in the right direction.