James McFadden baffled by Connor Goldson's defending for Rangers in Motherwell draw
James McFadden couldn’t understand what Connor Goldson was doing as Rangers threw away their lead to Motherwell on Sunday.
Gers had a comfortable two-goal lead but sloppy defending on two occasions let the visitors back into the game, and the former Scotland international pointed the finger at the English centre-back for his poor play.
The 29-year-old allowed a ball across the box from Kaiyne Woolery to somehow get past him, to give Jordan Roberts a tap in for the first Steelmen strike.
On Sunday’s (27 February) BBC Sportscene McFadden reacted by saying: “They’re conceding too many goals, and soft goals because they should be dealing with it.
“The first one, Goldson has a look twice. There’s only one person, just pick him up. Stop the ball from going for him. He tries to cut the angle.
“So they’ll be disappointed.”
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Goldson also played a major role in the equaliser, as he was clumsy in allowing Woolery to bundle past him before besting James Tavernier to fire past Allan McGregor who didn’t make himself big.
Fellow pundit Steven Naismith said of that sequence: “You’ve got to deal with this defensively better.
“You’ve got two players [Goldson and Tavernier] to cover one. He gets a bit fortunate, but he cannot be scoring from that position.”
Day to forget
None of the Gers defenders covered themselves in glory at Ibrox but the big centre back was probably the main offender.
He was perhaps left unsure of himself by the surprising choice of John Lundstram as his partner in the middle, despite Leon Balogun being available on the bench.
But he was indecisive for the first goal, having looked round on two occasions to clearly see Roberts behind him, yet did nothing to cut out the ball.
Letting Woolery past him for the second was part of a comedy of errors at the back for the Light Blues.
Even the dependable captain Tavernier was too easily side-stepped, and the goalkeeper managed to let the ball underneath him at the near post, but Goldson should have made the challenge first.
The defender has played a big part in the European success of the past couple of weeks but was poor yesterday.
He wasn’t helped by his manager’s strange defensive personnel decision, and the draw threw up an uncomfortable number of questions so soon after the Dortmund success.
In other Rangers news, McFadden wasn’t impressed by Naismith breaking the ‘Strikers Union’ over the opener at Ibrox.