Rangers squandered the momentum after last season’s win at Celtic Park
Connor Goldson believes Rangers were guilty of celebrating too much after last season’s win at Celtic Park.
Goals from Ryan Kent and Niko Katic gave Rangers a 2-1 victory that resulted in euphoric scenes on the touchline.
Rangers failed to sustain that momentum following the winter break, however, and ended up 13 points behind Celtic by the time the league was called in April.
This month’s 1-0 win was their third success over Celtic in a row, but there was little in the way of celebration from Steven Gerrard and his men this time around.
With only five goals conceded in the side’s first 22 Premiership matches, Goldson was asked on Sky Sports if he could put his finger on what’s changed between now and last season.
The 28-year-old replied: “I don’t know, I think there’s confidence running through the squad, running through the defence.
“Having Allan (McGregor) behind us is brilliant. Not conceding many shots on target. The way we play as well, it’s hard for teams to break through us, to even get shots on our goal.
“As we’ve always said, it starts from the front of our team. If they can get the pressing right it helps us.”
When it was put to him that the reaction to last week’s victory was notably understated in comparison to the scenes that greeted December 2019’s win, Goldson responded: “I think we’ve learned from that now.
“This time last year was a big thing. To go to Celtic Park and win, the club hadn’t done that in a long time. I think it was a big monkey off our backs to do that, but now I don’t think it’s enough for us just to beat Celtic.
“We all know what the main objective is, and that’s what we’re pushing towards. We know there’s still a long way to go and a lot of big games coming up so yeah, I think the celebrations are minimal.
“We’ve been together now for a few years. When you first come together, the main thing was Celtic winning everything, and there’s a big onus from the fans to beat them, so I think we celebrated that a bit too much where we took our eyes off the main goal which was the league title.”
Rangers’ goals conceded tally jumped up to six at Pittodrie on Sunday afternoon, but Gerrard’s men held on for a vital 2-1 win against Aberdeen that saw them stretch their lead to 22 points.