Sport 5 unlikely Rangers derby heroes as Connor Goldson joins ranks of Celtic slayers

18:00  18 october  2020
18:00  18 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Rangers scorers: Connor Goldson (9', 54'). Venue: Celtic Park. 54' Goal! Celtic 0, Rangers 2. Connor Goldson ( Rangers ) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a But at least this is a great chance for us to experience first-hand how English derbies are.

With four goals apiece in each of his first two seasons at Rangers, few would have singled out Connor Goldson as a dangerman ahead of Saturday's derby.

That didn't stop one punter putting down a fiver on a Goldson double ahead of kick off, and he walked away with £1500 after the defender scored both goals in a 2-0 win for Steven Gerrard's men.

The 27-year-old is far from the only unlikely Rangers match-winner in this fixture.

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Over the years the likes of Alec Cleland, Jonas Thern and Mo Edu have scored crucial derby goals for the Ibrox side.

There are some, however, whose winners have come as even more of a shock. Here are the five most unexpected scorers of winning goals for Rangers against Celtic.

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Connor Goldson has played down the gap between Rangers and Celtic despite another Old Firm win for the Hoops on Sunday. Celtic dominated the Ladbrokes Premiership meeting at Parkhead and hit the woodwork four times with Gers goalkeeper Allan McGregor making several good saves.

5) Connor Goldson at Celtic Park, October 2020

In fairness to the Englishman, he has proved to be an aerial threat since joining from Brighton & Hove Albion in 2018.

It was his header that opened the scoring on Saturday, with Celtic keeper Vasilis Barkas making an unconvincing attempt to keep it out.

Few would have expected Goldson to double his tally, but he did so early in the second half.

His first attempt was blocked by former Brighton team-mate Shane Duffy, but Goldson showed composure to slide it past Barkas and seal a comfortable victory.

4) Gregory Vignal at Celtic Park, February 2005

The French left-back scored three goals in 40 games during his time at Rangers.

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It's unlikely Martin O'Neill would have pinpointed him as a threat, and goalkeeper Rab Douglas clearly wasn't expecting much when the 23-year-old lined up a shot from 25 yards.

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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.

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He struck it with power, but straight at Douglas. The keeper, however, somehow spilled the shot and Rangers were a goal up with 19 minutes remaining.

Nacho Novo added to Douglas' misery eight minutes from time when he lobbed him to make it 2-0.

3) Kevin Thomson at Ibrox, March 2008

Hardly the most prolific goalscorer in his playing days, Thomson scored three in his 109 appearances for Rangers.

His first goal for the club was one to remember. In the final minute of the first half, he played a one-two with Jean-Claude Darcheville before taking a touch and sliding it through the legs of Artur Boruc.

Walter Smith's side saw the second half out with Thomson's strike proving to be the game's only goal.

2) Bert Konterman at Hampden, February 2002

A much maligned figure during his time in Glasgow, Konterman ensured that Rangers fans would remember him for the right reasons with a stunning winner at Hampden.

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Celtic - with five derby debutants in their ranks , including academy player Stephen Welsh at centre-back - looked unsure of themselves in possession. The cauldron atmosphere can be suffocating in these games, but a lack of fans resulted in a more compelling tactical battle, which Rangers had the

Peter Lovenkrands had given Rangers the lead in the first half of the League Cup semi-final, but a Bobo Balde equaliser with 20 minutes remaining meant Alex McLeish's side faced extra time.

15 minutes from time, Konterman fired in a blistering shot from long-range that gave Douglas no chance and sent Rangers to the final, where they beat Ayr United 4-0.

1) Ugo Ehiogu at Celtic Park, March 2007

The late Ugo Ehiogu played just 12 games for Rangers, but left the club as a hero after a sensational derby winner.

Signed on a free transfer from Middlesbrough two months earlier, the 34-year-old went up for a corner five minutes into the second-half.

Celtic were unable to clear, and after a series of headers the ball came towards Ehiogu who had his back to goal.

Stunned fans then saw the centre-back improvise and execute a perfect overhead kick. Artur Boruc got his hands to it, but was unable to keep out the powerful effort.

That was the only goal of the game and of the player's Rangers tenure. He may only have had a short spell at Ibrox, but Ehiogu will always be remembered fondly by Rangers fans thanks to that legendary strike.

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