By Ben Wild

21st Oct, 2020 | 3:20pm

'He's not very fast' - Ex-SPFL player names Rangers weak link that Standard Liege can 'exploit'

Former Hibernian midfielder Stephane Omeonga believes Connor Goldson could prove to be the weak link when Rangers take on Standard Liege in the Europa League. 

The Gers travel to Belgium to take on Liege this week off the back of an Old Firm win against Celtic in which Goldson scored a brace and kept a clean sheet.

But the former Hibs midfielder has claimed that Goldson’s lack of pace could be exploited by Liege and said he couldn’t call who will win the Europa League game.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun, he said, “At the back, they have Connor Goldson who is a very English-style defender. He has a big athletic presence, but he’s not very fast.

“If you can get balls behind the Rangers defence, it worries them. Standard have players who will be able to exploit them. With Standard’s qualities, they should not be afraid of Rangers. For me it is 50/50.”

It is brave for Omeonga to criticise a Gers defence that has broken records this season and has only conceded four goals in 14 competitive games.

The Ibrox defence has been at the heart of an impressive Rangers side that sits top of the Scottish Premiership and boasts an unbeaten record in all competitions. Goldson can claim a large amount of credit for this as he is yet to miss a minute of action for the Gers this season.

The defender got the credit he deserved for his two goals against Celtic on Saturday. The first was an excellent header, latching onto the end of fellow defender James Tavernier’s cross. The second was a scrappier finish but he did well to be in the right place at the right time.

Goldson also never looked like conceding against the Hoops and he carries great form into the game against Standard Liege. Hopefully, he can prove Omeonga wrong and lead his side to another win and clean sheet in the Europa League.

In other Rangers news, a BBC actor is baffled that a certain Rangers player didn’t make the SPFL team of the week.