By Alex McLeish

13th Aug, 2021 | 4:00pm

McLeish thrilled by what he's heard from Goldson after 'hell of a blow' for Rangers

Alex McLeish has heralded Rangers defender Connor Goldson for “standing up” in the aftermath of the defeat to Malmo.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers boss admitted it was “refreshing to see” a player take responsibility over the manager.

Speaking to the Daily Record (August 11th), Goldson claimed the players, not the “management or tactics” were to blame for the defeat.

He admitted the Gers “don’t look the same team” that romped their way to the Premiership title last season.

Rangers were beaten 4-2 on aggregate to see their hopes of Champions League qualification extinguished.

McLeish insisted it was a “hell of a blow” for the Glasgow giants.

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However, he applauded Goldson for “not hiding behind” Steven Gerrard.

McLeish told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “He’s standing up. He’s not hiding behind the manager.

“It’s refreshing to see that. Normally, at the end of the day, no matter what happens, the manager will always be the fall guy.

“Good on Connor Goldson for saying that. You have to give credit to the Swedes. It was a very dangerous game, very dangerous opponents.

“You might say it’s still early season for Rangers. It is a hell of a blow to be dumped out of the Champions League.

Rangers have now suffered three defeats in their opening four games – the same number they lost in the entirety of last season.

They lost their first league game at Ibrox in 17 months to Dundee United last weekend.

In other news, Scottish pundit has suggested real reason Goldson hasn’t signed Rangers contract after agent reveal.