Rangers defender Connor Goldson is easily the 'dark horse' this season
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Rangers defender Connor Goldson is easily the 'dark horse' this season

Rangers have kickstarted the season with a bang and they are the team setting the challenge for rivals Celtic who are desperately seeking their ten-in-a-row title.

The Gers have now amassed 41 points from 15 league games and placing them 11 points clear of Celtic on the Scottish Premiership standings.

However, there has been one standout player in the form of Connor Goldson who has risen to the occasion for every game played this season, particularly in the defence.

It's incredible how he struggled to be consistent with his game last season but he is certainly back with a vengeance and his performances prove so.

Goldson has averaged 4.8 aerial duels won and 2.9 tackles per 90 minutes in the league while making himself useful in goals (two goals and one assist).

The 27-year-old has also completed a passing accuracy of 83.3% in the league all while being a force to be reckoned with in the build-up.

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish believes Goldson has proved his worth and that the club should make sure they commit his longterm future because he is of value to the squad.

McLeish said to Daily Record: “It’s so important to get Goldson tied down to a new deal.

“As soon as you get him tied down to a new deal unless someone comes in with a £50m deal for him after he gets his contract signed, sealed and delivered – and sometimes that can happen – then you know Goldson is going to be at Ibrox for a while.

“He is in the form of his life and he’s only going to get better. When you’re experienced, that can get you through games where your level drops a bit.

“You don’t have to have 10/10s every single week – you’d like to but it’s impossible and when he does have a rough day his experience will mean he can paper over the cracks.

“Brighton had a lot of centre-backs and that was probably the reason why they let him go. The judgement was that he probably wasn’t going to be ready for the Premier League.

“But he is growing all the time and he could be one of these players who is a late developer.”

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