Connor Goldson and Rangers ready for ‘crazy’ month after late Dundee winner


Connor Goldson is bracing himself for a “crazy” month after his late winner at Dundee on Sunday kept Rangers on the heels of cinch Premiership leaders Celtic.

The Light Blues were struggling after Christie Elliott scored an early opener for the league’s bottom side before Gers skipper James Tavernier missed a penalty before the break.

However, Aaron Ramsey’s first goal since signing on loan from Juventus in January midway through the second half and Goldson’s 86th-minute strike kept Rangers three points behind the Hoops with seven league fixtures remaining.

Rangers also have an Old Firm derby in the league, a Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic and a Europa League quarter-final against Braga in April to look forward to as domestic football stops for an international break.

Defender Goldson spoke about an important period coming up and said: “We’ll have a good few days training this week and then have a bit of a break.

“I think it will be needed. There were a lot of tough games over this month and a lot of tough games coming next month.

“But that’s why you’re at a big football club, for these tough games. We know what we need to put in.

“We said a few weeks ago we had 10 cup finals – we’ve got seven left.

“If we want to win the league, we know how we need to be and how big our results have to be.

“We need to go on and win every one. So we need to rest up, get a bit of a break and then come back for a crazy month.”

Rangers beat Dundee 3-0 in the Scottish Cup at the same venue the week previously and Goldson noted an improvement in the Dark Blues side and was grateful, after a tough Europa League tussle with Red Star in Belgrade last Thursday, to escape with the win.

He said: “We needed it. It was tough. They were a lot better than they were last week.

“A tough place to come, the pitch wasn’t nice. But we had to get the job done. We knew how big it was.

“Especially after Thursday and the effort we put in there. It’s a massive three points.”

As Rangers pressed for the winner, Goldson found himself in the striker’s position and he was on hand to fire in when substitute Kemar Roofe’s effort was blocked.

He said: “It was a great moment. The boss was shouting for me to go up there. Glen (Kamara) came on but they had a few free-kicks, so I was staying back to deal with them and try to get up there when we could.

“Literally first time we got the ball (back), I went up.

“I don’t really remember much. I remember leaving it to Kem, then it just dropped to me and I kind of just thought ‘please go in’. Luckily for us, it did – a great moment and a massive three points.”


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