STEVEN GERRARD heaped praise on stand-in skipper Connor Goldson after he scored Rangers’ second goal against St Mirren yesterday and also produced a man of the match display.

The towering centre half pulled on the captain’s armband before kick off with James Tavernier named on the bench, and the 25-year-old was simply outstanding as the Light Blues kept a clean sheet despite being reduced to 10 men on the half-hour mark when Ross McCrorie saw red.

Gerrard was understandably thrilled with Goldson’s powerful performance. Speaking to RangersTV post-match, the manager said: “He’s a leader, he’s a huge player and we ‘re delighted to have him here for a long time.

“He’s been superb both on and off the pitch since the day he rolled in and he’s a huge player for us.

“He’s the reason why we are looking so solid with his communication, his organisation and he is posting very, very strong performances.

“That is the reason he is vice-captain here, I trust him and I’m really enjoying watching him at the moment.

“I think we’ve brought people in here who enjoy getting clean sheets. I know Allan McGregor does and we have brought in two centre halves who love defending and stiffened the midfield up with some tough players as well.

“We’ve added the likes of Jon Flanagan to that and that’s the reason why we are looking more solid and the reason we are keeping clean sheets.

“We were very unlucky not to get a clean sheet against Aberdeen conceding so late on but I think where we are in terms of organisation and our defensive side and our shape we are looking really good.”

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