By Doug Ward

28th Nov, 2021 | 2:15pm

Kris Boyd slams Connor Goldson in Rangers 3-1 win v Livingston

Kris Boyd was less than pleased with Connor Goldson’s defending as Rangers won 3-1 away at Livingston on Sunday.

Scott Arfield and Joe Aribo put the Gers into a commanding lead after 16 minutes but in the 30th minute, Bruce Anderson pulled one back for Livi after a direct ball over the top of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s defence.

Goldson could have dealt with the ball a lot better before Allan McGregor’s initial save only went as far as goalscorer Anderson and Boyd has made that clear on Sky Sports.

“There’s nothing wrong with going long [and] direct – especially when you saw Rangers’ defending last week. This is a carbon copy of it again,” said Boyd on Sky Sports Football at half-time on Sunday.

“Connor Goldson gets done by a long ball over the top. Yes, he can slam his feet in the ground there but he’s got to do better. He’s got to get his body in a position where he can attack it.

“Allan McGregor does really well to bail him out the first time.”

Woeful

Goldson seems to be playing like a player who knows that his time at Ibrox is about to end as his contract at the club expires at the end of the season.

We really haven’t seen anywhere near the performances from Goldson that he showcased last season as we won the Premiership title.

Last term, Steven Gerrard’s side conceded just 13 goals in the league and before December this season, we’ve already shipped more.

Goldson hasn’t been solely responsible for that but he’s definitely played a massive role with the centre-back looking an absolute liability in the defence more often than not.

What should van Bronckhorst do about that?

If someone comes in for Goldson in January and he doesn’t want to sign a new contract then he’s got to go.

Either way, if he wants a new deal, what has he done to show that he deserves one?

Anyone is welcome to the Englishman if they’re willing to pay a bit of cash and a replacement should be brought in to fill the gap.

Nikola Katic’s loan can be recalled and Filip Helander may be back from injury too in the new year. They are the two centre-backs we would like to see starting for the Gers.

In other Rangers news, a Sky Sports pundit has hit out at something “ridiculous” he heard said about this Gers star.