CONNOR GOLDSON is backing fellow-defender Filip Helander to show his quality as the season progresses.

The Swedish centre-half, signed by Steven Gerrard from Serie A outfit Bologna for £3.5million in the summer, had a slow start to his Ibrox career.

Helander, an experienced international, endured a torrid time in the 1-0 Betfred League Cup win at Livingston last month and since then his only appearance had been in the 2-1 defeat by Young Boys in Switzerland.

However, Gerrard showed faith in the player on Thursday night by fielding him in the crucial Europa League Group G confrontation against Porto in Portugal.

Helander proved his boss correct with a commanding display in the 1-1 draw against the former European kings in the Estadio do Dragao.

Goldson, speaking to the Sunday Post, said: “I thought he did really well, it was a top performance from him. We got made to defend for good periods in the game and I thought we defended well.

“Their goal was a wonder strike, there is nothing you can do about that. But in general we minimised their chances.

”We knew before the game if we wanted to get out the group we needed some form of result. This keeps us in the mix. The point gives us a chance with two more home games.”

Gerrard may play the defensive double-act against Motherwell at Ibrox this afternoon as they develop an understanding in the heart of his rearguard.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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