Sport Connor Goldson targets Rangers 'justice' as he lays down challenge after Celtic win

02:30  18 october  2020
02:30  18 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Connor Goldson salutes Rangers captain James Tavernier's barnstorming Ibrox form as defender pinpoints 'have to win' career sweet spot

  Connor Goldson salutes Rangers captain James Tavernier's barnstorming Ibrox form as defender pinpoints 'have to win' career sweet spot The big defender reckons his captain is underappreciated for what he produces in the Scottish Premiership and beyond.James Tavernier was the guy who looked out for Connor Goldson when he first arrived at Rangers.

If a glance at the respective lineups suggested Rangers ’ pre-match status as favourites for this Old Firm joust was merited, few could have reasonably predicted the level of comfort attached to their success. There was surprise, too, about the man who triggered Celtic ’s downfall.

The win laid down a marker in a significant season, as the Ibrox side attempt to prevent their city rivals from winning an unprecedented 10th consecutive title. Celtic only managed a forlorn lob over the top from Mohamed Elyounoussi in reply before the break after he had impressively robbed Goldson .

Conor Goldson insists Rangers can use their Celtic Park stroll to fire them all the way to Premiership glory this season.

The defender grabbed a dream Old Firm double to dump the champions and launch Gers four points clear at the top of the league.

Goldson feels the dominant derby win can boost their title bid – and there won’t be the same mistakes as last term when Steven Gerrard’s side crumbled after winning at Parkhead at Christmas.

The centre-back said: “We didn’t do ourselves justice after we won here the last time and when we came back from the winter break.

“We were poor – we didn’t look half the team as before the break.

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Connor Goldson ’s risk yesterday hasn’t been discussed even nearly enough since Rangers bested Celtic at Ibrox. The big Englishman was partnered Worrall himself was immense at the back for Rangers . For the first time in a long time, he looked assured and nowhere near as nervous as he ’s

Welsh has never let Celtic down when he has been used by Lennon, the manager says. The good news is that Rangers are once again giving the early impression that they might be up for a title challenge , currently topping the league, although Celtic do have a game in hand.

“Hopefully this win will give us the confidence we need to go and put together a big run.

“It is massive. Old Firms are always huge games and we knew we had to start well, score first and defend well at times. But we did everything right.

“We controlled the game, defended well to limit their chances – and we got two goals.”

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Goldson was thrilled to score a double as Steven Gerrard's men cruised to victory and make it back-to-back wins in the East End for the first time in 25 years.

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He said: “I was happy with the first one and 
happier with the second.

“At 1-0, anything can happen. We defended a bit deep and didn’t play how we did before the goal.

“After the second, I think you saw us at our best, keeping the ball and doing really well on the counter-attack.

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  Alfredo Morelos looking for first goal versus Celtic at 13th attempt For Alfredo Morelos, this chance to reshape an anguished Old Firm record is one few predicted he would receive. Morelos is yet to score having taken on Celtic twelve times in his career.Sent off on each of his last two visits to Celtic Park, the Colombian striker has endured a dozen derby appearances — nine of them starts — without scoring once.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard says Connor Goldson "is the reason why we are looking so solid" after his display in Sunday's Gerrard had no complaints with the red card shown to McCrorie after the 20-year-old slid in to bring down St Mirren debutant striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen as he homed in on goal.

Rangers have a number of injury issues ahead of the second Old Firm derby of the Scottish Premiership season against Celtic this weekend. However, Rangers may have to cope without first-choice centre-back Connor Goldson after the 26-year-old limped off against Hibs.

“We have worked on our shape for two years now and used it against some top teams. The new lads have bought into it and it has always seemed to work for us in big games.

“We know what we are doing, we have been doing it a long time. We limited Celtic to few chances.”

Rangers are on a roll after going 14 games 
without defeat this season – with just two draws in 11 league games.

Goldson wants to keep the surge going in Europe this week with Standard Liege on the horizon.

He said: “It is so early in the season, just 11 games played, and now it’s on to the European game on Thursday.

“We just need to get three points and keep progressing as much as 
we can.”

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The Hoops take on AC Milan on Thursday night and here's everything every European opponent has had to say about Celtic since Lennon took the reins.It was days after a two-legged defeat to Valencia so he had to wait until the following season to get a chance to manage the club on the big stage again.

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