CONNOR GOLDSON was thrilled to return to the Rangers starting eleven at Pittodrie on Wednesday night and to celebrate a memorable win with his teammates at the final whistle.

The 26-year-old defender missed his side’s January fixtures – and the 4-0 win over St Mirren on February 2 – with an ankle injury sustained at Easter Road on Boxing Day.

Goldson fought through the pain barrier to face Celtic at Ibrox three days later and was a rock at the back as Steven Gerrard’s men recorded a stunning 1-0 victory over their Old Firm rivals before the turn of the year.

The big centre-half, however, had to sit out the games that followed against Helsinki, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Cowdenbeath and the Buddies, but he returned to action at Pittodrie in midweek and was delighted to get 90 minutes under his belt.

When asked how he felt after the match in the Granite City, Connor – speaking at today’s press conference at the Hummel Training Centre – responded with a smile: “Finished! Obviously I was out for quite a while and I knew that I wanted to make that game.

Luckily enough the physios and the doctor got me back available for it and I was just happy to be selected and obviously to get three points.

“The legs are still recovering now but the ankle reacted well after the game so I’m just going to have more treatment and I’ll be training today so we’ll see how it goes.

“I was obviously disappointed to miss the few games before as I thought I would have been back earlier after the Celtic game, but it wasn’t to be.

“The ankle reacted a few times but I pushed myself, I was in every day with Steve the physio and he worked hard with me.

“We always had this game in mind that I knew I wanted to be back for. Luckily enough I managed to play the whole game.”

Having played in two massive recent wins against Celtic and Aberdeen, Goldson now wants his side to maintain those high standards as they prepare to take on Kilmarmock in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round tomorrow.

He added: “Yeah, definitely. I want to win every game I play in and we want to keep clean sheets as much as we can. We didn’t manage to on Wednesday but overall I feel we defended well and we played well as a team.

“Every game from now until the end of the season is going to be big and we will be doing our best to usually get three points and this weekend to get through to the next round of the Cup.”

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