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Pundit praises Rangers new boy Goldson but raises questions over Katic

Fans line the street awaiting the team arrival ahead of the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers played their first game under Steven Gerrard last night.

Fans line the street awaiting the team arrival ahead of the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

So far so good for Rangers in their latest Europa League adventure.

The Gers beat Macedonian side FK Shkupi 2-0 at Ibrox thanks to a goal from Jamie Murphy and a late penalty from James Tavernier.

There is still work for Steven Gerrard's side to do in the second leg but if they can keep a clean sheet then they will reach the next round.

Their new defensive partnership will be key, with Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson getting off to a good start.

The pair were praised by former Rangers ace Billy Dodds, but he did raise questions over the Serbian.

Nikola Katic of Rangers battles with Bllazhe Ilijoski of FC Shkupi during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in...

Speaking to BBC Sport, Dodds said: "Conor Goldson looks commanding. Him and Nikola Katic don't look brilliant on the ball, they look basic defenders, which is a good thing.

"They look solid and that's what Rangers need, but they don't look like they could build the play from the back, especially Katic."

It is just one game and Katic and Goldson need time, and perhaps they had been told specifically to keep it simple and try not to over elaborate at the back.

An early clean sheet at Ibrox will give them confidence and Gerrard will be feelling good despite there being room for improvement.

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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