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Rangers: Goldson was immense v St Mirren

Rangers reclaimed their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership table on Sunday as they came from behind to beat St Mirren 2-1.

Connor Ronan handed the hosts the lead with a sensational effort from distance, giving Jon McLaughlin no chance with a thumping shot into the top corner.

The Gers then piled on the pressure throughout the first-half before scoring twice inside two minutes at the end of the half, with Kemar Roofe dispatching a penalty before Alfredo Morelos nodded a James Tavernier cross in at the back post.

Although Roofe and Morelos scored the goals to seal the win, another player stole the show for Steven Gerrard’s side – Connor Goldson.

Was Goldson man of the match?

Yes

Yes

No

No

The centre-back was immense throughout the game as he helped Rangers to win the match with his stoic defending alongside Leon Balogun to prevent Jon McLaughlin from being tested too much in the Gers net. Whilst he did not keep a clean sheet, there was nothing he could have done to stop Ronan from scoring a world-class goal from distance after John Lundstram was found wanting in midfield.

Defensively, he was almost perfect. Per SofaScore, he won nine of his 11 (82%) duels on the pitch. He also made four clearances and one tackle, whilst no St Mirren players were able to dribble past him in the entire match.

This means that his two duels lost were the only times in the 90 minutes where he could have been faulted, which is an impressive feat by the central defender as their opponents fought to equalise throughout the second-half.

On the ball, he was composed. Per SofaScore, he completed 72% of his attempted passes and had 75 touches of the ball. The defender found a teammate with six long passes, which helped to bypass the St Mirren press and get Rangers up the pitch when they needed an out ball – stretching the opposition defence in the process and creating space in the middle of the park.

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Therefore, he played a huge role in Rangers ultimately winning the match.

Whilst the goalscorers will, deservingly, take the credit for the result, Goldson was just as important at the back to ensure that their two goals were rewarded with the three points. Gerrard will surely be delighted with the defender’s display and will be hoping that he can maintain this level of performance throughout the rest of the campaign as they attempt to win a second title in succession ahead of Celtic.

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