Former Celtic man Kris Commons has absolutely ripped into Connor Goldson

By David Walton

November 22, 2021

Former Celtic attacker Kris Commons has let rip at Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson for his hilariously embarrassing comments yesterday.

The Ibrox club went out of the Premier Sports Cup in a calamitous 3-1 loss to Hibernian at Hampden yesterday. Rangers found themselves 2 goals down at the break but were dismal in the second 45 as they failed to book a meeting with Celtic on December 19th.

Incredibly, Goldson came out after the game on Premier Sports and stated his side had lost some of their hunger. He also said the game was over after the 3rd goal, even after the Ibrox side pulled one back immediately afterward.

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And Commons has absolutely ripped into the experienced English centre-back for his weak-minded comments. Speaking via his Scottish Daily Mail column [print edition, 22/11, The Verdict Supplement, Page 4]:

“Connor Goldson’s comments after the game yesterday were an absolute embarrassment. He’s supposed to be one of the leaders in this Rangers squad. He claimed the match was as good as over at half-time, with Rangers trailing 3-1. Two goals down at half-time and he’s waving the white flags to surrender? Seriously?

“Let’s not forget, this is one of the senior players in the dressing room. He’s supposed to be one of the leaders to fire up the troops for a second-half fightback. It doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence that there would have been any great Churchillian speeches at half-time. Merely an acceptance of their fate.

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“As if that wasn’t bad enough, Goldson also stated that Rangers have lost their hunger from last season. Again, another astonishing admission. James Tavernier got hammered a couple of seasons ago for comments he made in a match-day programme about Rangers not being able to handle the heat when teams put them under pressure. For me, Goldson’s comments were every bit as bad, if not worse.”

Connor Goldson has just sent a pleasing invitation to Celtic Park

Post-match comments after a defeat can tend to lead to throwaway remarks. The whole “must do better” stuff or the “we’ll analyse it” train of thought often comes from players who are trying to keep any disputes in-house and give nothing away to the press.

Goldson has failed to do that. And he’s failed to do it badly. The Englishman has openly invited Celtic to pile the pressure onto his team and watch them crumble. He’s given far too deep a look into the weak-minded nature of the Ibrox dressing room.

To come out and say the game was over at 3-1 after your team had gotten the last goal is an incredible admission. It won’t be one that goes down well with his own supporters. But it’ll also give Celtic and the rest of the Premiership motivation to go at Rangers and put them under all sorts of pressure.

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When teams have faced the Ibrox side this season, Rangers have tended to go a goal down before coming back. This has often been because teams look to frustrate them after getting the goal as they attempt to hold on to what they have.

These comments ould very well lead to a change in approach. After all, if you’re beating Rangers 1-0, why not go for the second? You have their centre-back admitting that a game was over when he was 2 down. You certainly have a much better chance of affecting Rangers mentally in that sense considering how well they’ve come back from 1-goal deficits this season.

This is utter madness from Goldson. Celtic will undoubtedly be relishing the prospect of meeting them in January. Things are finally looking up for the Hoops.

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