By Noel Whelan

16th Sep, 2021 | 1:00pm

Pundit delivers 'desperate' Goldson verdict after 'huge' update pre-Rangers v Lyon

Connor Goldson will come back from his isolation-enforced hiatus well-rested and “desperate” to win matches for Rangers.

So says ex-Scottish Premiership forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider ahead of Rangers’ clash with Lyon tomorrow evening.

Manager Steven Gerrard revealed in his pre-match press conference yesterday (15 September) that “Goldson comes back and is available for tomorrow.”

The 28-year-old centre-half had not missed a minute of football in 81 games before he was forced to miss the 2-1 win over St Johnston last Thursday.

Fellow centre-back Filip Helander will miss tomorrow’s Europa League Group A clash and is out for the “foreseeable future”, as per Gerrard.

The 28-year-old Swede has undergone surgery on a knee injury sustained against St Johnstone.

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But Whelan claims that the Scottish champions will be relieved to at least have Goldson available.

“I think every player wants to play every game,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“It’s an amazing stat about the number of games he’s played. Every player will be gutted to miss any game, especially when they are winning.

“He will have had a bit of a rest, which is good. But he will also be absolutely desperate to get out there and win football matches.

“He is a great competitor. You can see that he is very important in the job he does. He is a leader out there for Rangers, which I think is huge for them.

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