Rangers face Ross County at Global Energy Stadium on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership, as they look to extend their unbeaten start to the season.
Despite rotating his squad for much of the season, Steven Gerrard and his side sit with an 11-point lead over Celtic in second place, although they do have two games in hand.
While most players have found themselves in and out of the team, Connor Goldson, James Tavernier and Ryan Kent have been ever-presents.
However, the time has come for Gerrard to take Goldson out of the team and give him a hard-earned rest. As his manager referenced recently, the 27-year-old “wants to play every minute of every game”, but this cannot be sustainable.
After the Gers’ 4-0 Betfred League Cup win over Falkirk, Gerrard said (via Daily Record): “I would love to have taken Connor off the pitch but while he’s looking at me in disgust as I think about doing so, I’ll let him go just now.”
These words show that the boss knows Goldson needs a rest, but that the player is just so determined it is a tough decision to take. The former Brighton and Hove Albion man looked tired against Standard Liege on Thursday though and he now needs a chance to rest.
Goldson was outstripped on a couple of occasions at Ibrox in midweek, with the first goal coming after he got caught out in the wide challenge. He was turned too easily in the second half by Liege forward Abdoul Tapsoba and was lucky that the attacker could not finish.
With Filip Helander still ruled out due to COVID-19, Gerrard’s only other options in the role are Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun. Both have shown up well in recent weeks though and it is time the manager put some trust in them and allowed Goldson to catch up on the rest he needs.
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