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Andy Halliday has told Open Goal that Connor Goldson will regret claiming some Rangers players have ‘lost a bit of hunger’ following Sunday’s League Cup semi-final defeat to Hibs.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is yet to take charge of a match since replacing Steven Gerrard at the Ibrox helm. And yet the Dutchman now already has a fire to put out in the Gers camp.

Rangers lost 3-1 at Hampden Park at the weekend after falling behind to a first-half Martin Boyle treble. Scott Arfield did pull one back before the break, but his goal was not enough.

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Goldson came out after losing to Hibs and made the bold claim that some Rangers stars do not have the same desire to win as they did on route to clinching the Premiership last term.

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He told Premier Sports, via talkSPORT, at full-time: “I don’t want to say this, but we’ve lost a bit of hunger. We are champions and some think they don’t need to work as hard. That’s crept in all season. As a team, we are not performing right now.”

Halliday issues honest verdict on Goldson’s bold Rangers claim

Rangers hero Halliday doubts Goldson meant what he said in the manner he said it and will regret the bold accusation upon reflection, having spoken while emotions were still high.

“I’m not trying to defend him at all, but we’ve all been in situations where we’ve lost a big game and you can’t think of anything worse than going out to do [the] press,” Halliday said.

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“You can see in his face before he starts speaking that he’s filled with emotion already.

“Listen, what he said, it doesn’t sound good, let’s be honest. But I don’t think that’s the way he’s meant it to come across.

“I think he’ll watch back that interview this morning and he’ll think: ‘Man, I didn’t mean it like that, I didn’t mean for it to come out like that’.”

Fans angry at Goldson claim after League Cup exit

While Halliday doubts Goldson meant to call out his Rangers teammates in such a way, his comments angered some fans. Some pundits have also criticised the £3m defender, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

The Gers have held numerous talks with the 28-year-old over new terms, but he is yet to commit his future. So, if Goldson sees his future with Rangers, he has some bridges to fix.

He may also need to turn his form around and focus on what he can change. Goldson was slack in his defending against Hibs and seemed to coast through the League Cup semi-final at stages. If he does not, Van Bronckhorst may have to look for a new centre-back anyway.

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