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GOLDSON, GOALS, GLORY – AND SILENCE

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CONNOR GOLDSON netted a double and came within a goal of equalling a 65-year-old Rangers record at Parkhead.

Ibrox legend Johnny Hubbard was the last Gers player to score a hat-trick in a league game against Celtic.

And, amazingly, central defender Goldson, with six goals in his Premiership career before yesterday, looked on course to repeat the feat in Steven Gerrard’s outfit’s 2-0 triumph against a clearly rattled Hoops side.

Goldson was overjoyed with his double strike – the first in nine minutes and the second nine minutes after the interval – but admitted the absence of fans confused his goal celebrations.

The former Brighton centre-back, speaking to Rangers TV, said: “When I scored the goals I didn’t really know what to do. There were no fans, no cameras.

“I ran over to that far corner and there was literally nothing there and I just turned back round.

“I was delighted, but it is not the same without the fans and, hopefully, we will see them soon.”

Remarkably, Neil Lennon’s men did not have a solitary shot on target and Goldson added: “A clean sheet is just as important for me.

“I was speaking to Filip Helander and even with one minute to go – obviously there was the Leigh Griffiths chance – you know that the game is won, but you don’t want to concede a goal.

“We want to keep as many clean sheets as we can over this season.

“We did limit the chances against a good side, we had to concentrate for the whole 94 minutes and we managed to do that.

”We know it is a massive season for the whole club and we need to be at it every single game and every minute of every game.

“We know that one minute or one 10-minute spell where we are not at it can hurt us and hurt our whole season.

“So, we will just try to be as consistent as we can, work as hard as we can every single game and, hopefully, that takes us where we want to be.”

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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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