By Doug Ward

17th Sep, 2021 | 9:45am

Craigan slams 'Reckless' Rangers defender Connor Goldson v Lyon

Stephen Craigan slammed Rangers defender Connor Goldson for a “reckless” challenge that could have been a red card against Lyon.

In the first half of the Gers’ 2-0 defeat at Ibrox in the Europa League on Thursday night, Goldson was shown a yellow card after a high challenge on Lyon’s Karl Toko Ekambi.

Goldson seemed to injure himself during the incident before getting himself up to continue playing and apologise to Ekambi, who scored Lyon’s opener not long after.

Craigan was less than impressed by the Gers defender for his high tackle.

“He goes in late, he goes in high. It’s a really strong yellow card and Goldson’s done himself a bit of damage. He catches the inside of his right knee. Certainly very high from Goldson,” said Craigan on BT Sport 3 on Thursday night.

“He’s been missing, I know it’s only been 10 or 11 days but you lose that little bit of sharpness and I think he tried to nick the ball.”

After the VAR reviewed the incident and decided it wasn’t a red card, Craigan added: “It’s a reckless challenge.

“It’s one of those ones where he catches him with the studs.

“There was a really good chance he was going to get sent off.”

Bad night all around

Goldson was off it on Thursday night.

He wasn’t the only one but the former Brighton centre-back didn’t look his usual self.

Unfortunately, that’s been the case for most of this season with Rangers’ defence failing to get anywhere near to the standards they showcased last season.

Of course, we’ve had some good results despite Steven Gerrard being forced into chopping and changing his side due to injuries and COVID.

But we really do expect better from Goldson.

He could have been sent off for that challenge.

It was quite high, his studs were up and it was late. It also looked extremely painful as he made contact with Ekambi.

VAR reviewed it and were happy to go with the referee’s on-field decision but, as Craigan said, it was a “strong” yellow card.

Goldson may have gotten away with that against Lyon but he might not on another occasion.

Let’s hope we don’t see it again.

In other Rangers news, SNP’s James Dornan has been left shocked by the “out of control” Gers after a huge story broke on Thursday.