By Frank McAvennie

3rd Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Celtic couldn't handle him but Rangers don't need to panic about losing Goldson after latest blow - pundit

Frank McAvennie insists Rangers can be successful without Connor Goldson amid the latest on his fitness.

The Parkhead cion, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the defender.

Steven Gerrard has yesterday (1 October) confirmed Goldson faces a race against time to make the squad for the Hibernian game on Sunday.

The ever-present star missed Thursday’s game against Sparta Prague.

He also missed his first Gers game in over a year earlier this season after testing positive for COVID-19.

He is a vital cog in the Rangers machine and didn’t miss a minute of competitive football last season.

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McAvennie doesn’t rate Goldson as highly as Gerrard and claims the Gers won’t miss him against Hibernian on Sunday.

“He’s not Virgil van Dijk,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He did well last year because he was in a sound defensive line that was well drilled.

“I think you can sub someone else in and they will manage. Goldson isn’t that standout player. What’s the fuss?

“I don’t get it. He caused Celtic a few issues last season but that’s it. Why is there a panic?

“He is not a game-changer, a star man. I don’t think he’s a bad player I just don’t think he’s a top centre-back.

“Rangers will manage without him. They have loads of versatile players who can fill in.”

Rangers will lose their spot at the top of the table if they lose to Hibs on Sunday.

Jack Ross’ side are unbeaten in the league this season and boast the SPFL’s top scorer in Martin Boyle.

In other news, pundit tips Ianis Hagi to snub Rangers exit as record fee reportedly agreed.