Connor Goldson - Season Standout

By Adam Robertson
 March 13, 2021

2021. The year that Rangers Football Club exceeded all expectations and brought home their 55th league title. Won in March, the earliest ever title win in Scotland since 1903. A standout season for countless reasons. Exceptional performances in both Britain and Europe. 

To single out just one player from a team that has given their everything this season so far is difficult. There isn’t a player with the royal blue kit on that’s undeserving of it. Despite mistakes made by some, they were soon forgiven. But if I had to choose one, for me, it would have to be Connor Goldson. For reasons, some more than others, he has been my stand-out this season. 

Leading from the back

Even with James Tavernier on the park, Goldson is very much still a vocal player. He rallies his defence. Keeps them tight, keeps them right. With the skipper now being out injured and young Nathan Patterson slotting into his place, Goldson is there to guide him in what has been his most important period of his footballing career so far. With this he wears the captains arm badge and plays the role, you can hear him from your couch at home. When there’s a goal, he’s the first to bring his squad together and celebrate. 

On the other end, when there’s a hiccup in communication or timing at the back, the big centre-half will be the first to correct it and go again. For a man who didn’t grow up supporting our club, he has taken the leading throne and ran with it. He knows what it means.

Connor Goldson more than a defender

Our defenders have all played their part at the other end of the pitch this season. Filip Helander most recently with our crucial away goal in the Europa League last 16. Tavernier with strikers’ numbers and Barisic utilising his fearful left peg cross. Connor Goldson is no different. Looking back at results like the 2-0 win against Celtic at Parkhead, where he scored both goals, they were vital in our season. After that game many fans ignited their belief that it was in fact ‘coming home’. 

Three goals in Europe to add to his list as well, he has been more than a defender this season. Many teams have fallen victim to his signature ball over the top, usually met by Kent or Morelos. A pass that has created much of our goal-resulting play. 

Clean sheet contribution

24 clean sheets so far. Nine goals conceded. Any backline in the world would be astounded with such numbers, as they should. Of course, it’s a team effort to keep the ball out of McGregor’s net, the man himself pulling off world-class saves. But looking at the situations some teams have had to score against us, goals looking certain, Goldson has been a saving grace on multiple occasions. Now as he sits as a concrete fixture in the defence, with Balogun and Helandar switching places, he is the backbone. His organisation, communication, and sheer grit has been the foundation of our clean sheet glory. 

For a player that was once hounded by fans for not being good enough, many wanting him out, he has since proven why he wears the badge we so proudly love. The team as a whole this year have been sensational, there’s no denying. Goldson’s transition from shaky nail to solid stature has to be applauded and given recognition. He now reaps the rewards of a league winner’s medal, and a very bright future still ahead. Hopefully, a future still sporting the blue of Rangers FC.

Written by Courtney McKenzie (@courtneyrmack)

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