By Pranav Shahaney

29th Apr, 2023 | 6:10pm

Rangers to struggle if Ben Davies plays instead of Connor Goldson v Celtic - Sky Sports pundit

Kris Boyd believes that Rangers are in for a tough ride against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final if Ben Davies plays over the injured Connor Goldson.

The Sky Sports pundit has not been impressed with the former Liverpool defender’s performances of late and has slammed him for lacking the confidence to be a top SPFL defender.

He’s also slammed him for letting opposition strikers get the better of him physically in front of goal that has seen Michael Beale’s side look shaky at the back.

Boyd wrote in the Scottish Sun on 28 April, “Ben Davies has not exactly covered himself in glory recently, with John Souttar looking the most assured Rangers defender.

“The former Liverpool man looks devoid of confidence and has allowed himself to be bullied by opposition strikers. Weak centre-halves are never going to cut the mustard at Ibrox. You need to have a presence. Clear your lines and then ask questions later.

“If Connor Goldson doesn’t play then I fear for Rangers. He has missed the last three games through injury when the Gers backline has shipped seven goals.

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“If they don’t tighten up defensively then Celtic are capable of running riot.”

Spot on

If Rangers are to kick on and realistically challenge Celtic for the title next season then Davies cannot be a first-team regular.

He’s decent at times but does not have the quality or consistency that makes him one of the standout defenders in the Scottish top flight.

He may be good with the ball at his feet, but perhaps that’s about it and Gers need someone who does that along with defends properly.

Beale surely will be on the hunt for a proper centre-back as John Souttar hasn’t been that great either and there needs to be a healthy competition for places.

They clearly go into Sunday, 30 April clash as underdogs and Beale may need have a few tricks under his sleeve in order to get the job done.

The Scottish Cup appears to be the only saving grace for Rangers and their fans in what’s been a disastrous season in all competitions.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player this week.