Glasgow Rangers romped to a 2-0 win away at Celtic Park on Saturday but one player certainly stole the show. A brace from Connor Goldson has left Steven Gerrard’s side with a four-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership, although Celtic still have a game in hand over Rangers which means the title fight is far from over.
The stakes have arguably never been higher as Neil Lennon’s side are chasing a successive tenth title in a row this season. Devoid of all the usual hustle and bustle, the first Old Firm derby of the season was a distinguishably quieter affair free from the cacophony of crowds, colours and sounds in a throwback to a bygone era of the beautiful game.
Gerrard, who guided the Gers to victory at Parkhead last year, became the first manager to steer the club to back-to-back Old Firm top flight wins for the first time since October 2009. In fact, the last time they won two away games on the trot at Celtic was all the way back in March 1997 under Walter Smith.
Gerrard’s side took an early lead when Goldson headed in James Tavernier’s free kick after just nine minutes. And the defender doubled his efforts after the break with a side-footed finish to secure the victory.
The Rangers boss praised the “outstanding” player for his performance all over the pitch. He said: “I’m shocked but he is certainly capable, and he is starting to attack set-pieces and is hungry to score.
“I thought his all-round performance was outstanding.
“It was Nikola Katic who was the hero here last year, but Connor deserves the headlines that he is going to get.”
Per SofaScore, the 27-year-old won 80% of his duels overall, made 8 clearances, blocked 2 shots and completed 2 interceptions, whilst he scored two goals and took two shots on target, which shows that he was a useful asset in attack as well.
Goldson’s goals would have been more than enough to enshrine him in the club’s folklore forever. But his overall contribution underlines how important he is to Gerrard’s plans for the future.
Rangers have thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of the season by earning these three points which have taken them four points clear at the top of the table. They must now continue this newfound momentum heading into the next fixture.
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