By Noel Whelan

3rd Oct, 2021 | 10:00am

Rangers plans for Hibernian clash in turmoil after Goldson update from Auchenhowie

Noel Whelan has suggested Steven Gerrard’s plans to face Hibernian have been thrown up in the air by Connor Goldson’s injury blow at Rangers.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old “makes the difference” for the Light Blues at the heart of the defence.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Gerrard revealed he was hopeful Goldson could return to the squad on Sunday.

The centre-back sat out the midweek defeat to Sparta Prague with an injury picked up in training.

With Filip Helander injured and Jack Simpson not registered Gerrard played Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey at the heart of the defence.

Whelan admitted replacing Goldson is a near-impossible task for the Gers boss.

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As such, he suggested Rangers’ preparation in training will have been severely “disrupted”.

“You’ve seen at many clubs, like Leeds, lots of injuries very early on in the season,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“They’ve got that inconsistency of getting a set of backline together, which is crucial. Missing those inspiring leaders, like Connor Goldson, Steven Gerrard will make no secret about how important he is.

“He’s a solid defender, an organiser, a winner. One of these players that when you look at your team, you’d rather him in it than not.

“He makes the difference. I think it has disrupted, probably, the preparations for Steven Gerrard as well a little bit, having to reshuffle.

“You can only hope that it’s a niggle and nothing too serious.”

Goldson has made 13 appearances this season for Rangers, with one goal under his belt.

He was an ever-present last term but has missed two games so far this campaign.

In other news, Alex McLeish claims Rangers could be about to make it “impossible” for Celtic.