I wouldn’t be surprised if Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is deeply annoyed that centre-half Connor Goldson has dropped his high standards.

His recent form has turned him from being a solid to flimsy defender, who appears to have lost his commanding control at the back for Rangers.

Fans favourite Goldson is now playing second fiddle to Joe Worrall, who is playing much better than their golden centre back, who is Gerrard’s first pick.

Could Goldson lose his Rangers place to Nikola Katic if his form doesn’t improve soon?

Katic has been very patient on the bench watching the pairing of Worrall and Goldson keeping him out of the team, but if one loses form, then the situation could change.

Gerrard knows that Rangers need Goldson to be back to his best soon, if the team are to achieve winning any silverware this season.

Make no mistake, in this extremely difficult fixture period, defender Goldson after signing from Brighton for £3m last summer, is really needed to get Rangers back on song.

Having made 44 appearances in all competitions this season and after all his dominant displays, he may require to get niggling bruises out of his body, to come back stronger.

He has made an impact on Rangers’ success this season, and that he will continue to be the best centre half at the Ibrox club.

The Englishman was poor in both 1-1 away draws against Aberdeen and Hibs, and the tweets from his own fans were not very complimentary.

Goldson did not look comfortable or confident and his long passes were not finding any of his team. His inability to deal with the threat that came his way was surprising to all his die hard Rangers fans.

He looked a shadow of himself, so much so, that his boss and the coaching staff will all be concerned about what is causing this dip in form.

I thought he would turn things around against Hibernian on Friday night, but his performance was again far from convincing.

Some Hibs players were starting to cause trouble as the game progressed, he started to become under pressure, and didn’t respond well to it.

But it doesn’t help your centre backs when right back James Tavernier is often caught out of position, by not timing his runs properly.

Goldson will still be Gerrard’s first choice, so Rangers need him right now. Especially with the league a slight possibility, and the Scottish Cup challenge still alive.

Hopefully the manager will be wondering what to do to get Goldson back on track and performing like his old self again – and soon.


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