Gerrard has tinkered with his back-line throughout the season, with neither Joe Worrall or Nikola Katic doing enough to persuade him that they deserve to be an automatic first-choice centre-back, but Goldson is the one defender who has consistently played well this season.
The 26-year-old – a £3.5 million signing from Brighton last summer – had played in every Rangers Premiership game this season before today, and has already clocked up 35 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Connor Goldson sitting with his feet, (and his injured ankle), up.
Hope he moves before the tunnel comes out! 😉 pic.twitter.com/qR1Buq4WPl
— Rex Blind Parties (@RexBlindParty) December 26, 2018
However, he sustained a sore-looking ankle injury in the first-half of today’s 1-1 draw with Hibs, and despite obviously limping, he decided to try and play on in the second-half.
His effort was commendable but Goldson was subbed off on 60 minutes, and his manager admitted to the media after the full-time whistle that he’ll be struggling to make the team on Saturday:
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard confirms Connor Goldson is a major doubt for Celtic game on Saturday after limping off vs Hibs
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) December 26, 2018
Veteran defender Gareth McAuley missed today’s game and it remains to be seen if he can recover in time for the weekend – but if he can’t, what do you make of a Katic and Worrall forming a centre-back pairing?