By Nick Ware

4th Oct, 2021 | 7:42am

James McFadden criticises Connor Goldson despite Rangers 2-1 win v Hibernian

James McFadden has criticised Connor Goldson’s role in the goal that handed Hibernian the lead against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

The Gers emerged from the Premiership clash with a 2-1 victory, but only after Kevin Nisbet had struck an early opener.

Reflecting on the goal on BBC Sportscene [03/10/21], ex-Scotland international McFadden accused Goldson of shirking his responsibilities.

McFadden said: “Connor Goldson is putting his hands in the air as if to say ‘who’s picking him up?’

“Well, he’s the striker, so he’s trying to shift the blame onto John Lundstram.

“I thin Goldson has to stay with him and deal with it.

“He doesn’t but credit to Nisbet.”

Passing the buck?

Lundstram was indeed the closest in attendance to Nisbet, but as McFadden alludes to, Goldson is supposed to be the dominant centre-back that clears all before him.

Nisbet was the only Hibs player that was an immediate danger when the ball was crossed into the penalty area by Chris Cadden, and the Gers really should have dealt with the situation.

However, Goldson is flat-footed and reliant on Lundstram to clear the ball away.

Lundstram, though, is not renowned for his aerial abilities, and thus Nisbet would have been licking his lips at the prospect of challenging the ex-Sheffield United man for a header.

McFadden expected better of Goldson, and he may have a point.

But that was immaterial as Rangers went on to win the game through second-half strikes from Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos, though they may have Ryan Porteous to thank after his first-half dismissal helped to change the course of the game.

In other Rangers news, Simon Jordan has slammed inconsistencies amid a Rangers row.