Who is Connor Goldson?
Connor Lambert Goldson, simply known as Connor Goldson, is an English centre-back who plays for Scottish Premiership champions Rangers. Connor was born on 18 December 1992.
Goldson is a versatile footballer, and he can play as a centre-back, right-back and can also play as a midfielder.
The Englishman began his career at Shrewsbury Town, represented in 120 competitive games, scoring 8 goals, 7 coming in one campaign, and spending time on loan at Cheltenham Town.
In 2015, after a promotion-winning campaign for the Shrews, Connor signed for Brighton. Goldson’s career was interrupted in 2017 when a screening found that the 28-year-old defender had a defect in his heart.
On 13 June 2018, Connor signed for Rangers on a four-year contract, becoming Steven Gerrard’s sixth summer addition.
Goldson made his competitive debut for the Gers on 12 July in a 2–0 2018–19 UEFA Europa League qualifier game victory over Macedonian club Shkupi in what was Steven’s first competitive match as coach.
Connor captained the Gers on 12 August in their 2–0 victory over St. Mirren at Ibrox, as regular player James Tavernier was on the substitutes’ bench.
Goldson headed his first goal for the Scottish club as they won with ten men, and Steven Gerrard praised him after the game. On 17 October 2020, Connor scored a brace in a 2–0 away victory over Celtic in the Old Firm.
How good Connor Goldson was in Brighton?
Connor joined the Seagulls for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year contract on 19 August 2015. Goldson was first included in the Brighton squad a month later as an unused change in a goalless Championship draw at his hometown team Wolves, which kept his club at the top of the table.
After the Seagulls’ 2–2 draw at Derby County on 12 December, Connor alleged racial abuse by a home supporter at Pride Park, which was investigated by the police.
Goldson made his Brighton debut a week later, replacing the injured Uwe Hünemeier for the second half of a 3–0 home loss to Middlesbrough.
His first start came on 29 December, in place of the injured Gordon Greer for a 1–0 loss to Ipswich Town at the Falmer Stadium.
Three days later, when the Seagulls hosted Wolves, Connor scored an own goal from Jordan Graham’s cross in the 32nd minute, the match’s only goal.
On 4 April 2016, Connor scored his first goal for the Seagulls, equalising as they came from behind to victory 2–1 at Birmingham City.