Pundit Exclusive: Ibrox fans absence has transformed player into 'Superstar at Rangers'
Alan Hutton has credited the emerging leadership qualities of Rangers defender Connor Goldson as the reason for their impressive defensive record this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland full-back said that the Light Blues’ defence has been transformed and looks “really solid”.
This site revealed earlier this week that Rangers are set to offer the 27-year-old a new contract after his game-winning performance against Celtic on Saturday.
The defender scored both goals in their 2-0 win as they earned their 11th clean sheet of the season.
The Light Blues kept another clean sheet on Thursday night in their Europa League group stage game against Standard Liege.
Rangers started the Scottish Premiership season with seven consecutive shutouts, setting a new SPFL record in the process.
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And Hutton hailed Goldson’s role in their impressive start.
Asked by Football Insider whether Goldson is one of Gerrard’s best signings, he said: “He’s up there, he’s been fantastic hasn’t he?
“I think the fans not being there have meant we can see him grow as a leader. We’ve actually been able to hear him, his organising the backline, you can see by the clean sheets that they’ve kept.
“They’ve really transformed that backline and they look really solid at the moment.
“As a leader, he’s very commanding in both boxes and that’s what you want from your centre-half.
“The talking that he does we never really got the chance to hear that when there are 50,000 fans in the stadium.
“When I went to the Dundee United game you could hear him from the side of the pitch. He’s really grown into that leadership role, along with James Tavernier they’re probably the main voices in the changing room.
“He’s really grown into a superstar at Rangers.
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