The best sides are often defined by their spine.
It’s no coincidence that the clubs who tend to have the most success are also the ones who tend build themselves around a core group of leaders on the pitch.
In that respect, a key figure in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad is Connor Goldson.
The 27-year-old has yet to miss a game in the Scottish Premiership or the Europa League this term, and has cemented himself as a mainstay at the heart of the Gers’ defence.
And his displays have been catching the eye of ex-Ibrox favourite David Weir.
Speaking to the Athletic, the former defender said: “I really like him and when we [Weir and Mark Warburton] were at Rangers we liked him too.
“He wasn’t getting a game at Brighton but we looked at him at Nottingham Forest too. He’s a good player. I judge defenders on their mistakes and I can’t think of any glaring ones he has made.
“I think he goes under the radar. I don’t think he promotes himself or plays the media game but I think he does his job really well. He’s consistent and he’s always available too.”
To a large extent, you’d have to agree with Weir.
Goldson sometimes comes in for a fair bit of stick from supporters, as per Ibrox News itself, but there is a reason why Gerrard continually shows faith in him, and it’s because when all is said and done, he is the club’s most natural defensive leader.
Nobody’s saying he’s perfect, and it’s odd that Weir claims he hasn’t made any errors during his time in Glasgow when the player himself has openly owned up to some pretty recently, as per the Daily Record, but the fact is that Goldson is better than a lot of people give him credit for being.