Steven Gerrard has issued an update on Connor Goldson after he missed Rangers’ 2-1 win over St Johnstone.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that centre-back Connor Goldson missed the 2-1 win over Livingston as he is currently self-isolating.
Gerrard refused to put a timeline on his return , opting instead to simply say that he would love to have him available for selection.
“He is self-isolating. Time will tell (how big a blow it is).
“He has been an important player for us. He has been very crucial since day one for me.
“We would love to have him available.”
Rangers fans will be concerned by this update from Gerrard as he left out a couple of key details. Firstly, we don’t know if he contracted Covid-19 or is he isolating because he was in close contact with someone who did?
Gerrard is well within his rights to keep that information private, but it does keep fans in the dark.
If he has Covid-19 then it could cause him to be out for a longer period of time, especially if he is suffering with symptoms and takes time to recover.
This leads on to the second piece of missing information, as Gerrard refused to give a timeline on when he will be able to return.
Therefore, Rangers fans will be concerned about exactly how many games the £27k-per-week beast could miss. The centre-back is a key player for the club, as the above quotes from the manager confirm, and his absence against Lyon could be a blow for Gers.
Earlier this year, Gerrard lauded Goldson as a mountain and hailed what he offers on and off the pitch. He told The Scotsman:
“Connor has been an absolute mountain for this team, a warrior.
“I can’t describe to you how well he has done for this team, not just in terms of what you have seen on the pitch but also his leadership on the inside of the club and his availability every single day.”
Rangers face Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday and now look set to be without Goldson, and Filip Helander, for the match.
The ex-Brighton defender, Goldson, was named in the Scottish Premiership Team of the Year last term, highlighting how important he is to the side, which is why his absence will hurt Rangers’ chances of picking up a positive result.