Connor Goldson eyes Champions League qualification and defends Rangers team-mate John Souttar

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The Scottish side will take part in the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday as they take on Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise in the first leg.

Centre-back Goldson, who recently signed a new contract at Ibrox, is desperate to compete in Europe’s premier club competition.

Last season, Rangers missed out on Champions League football after losing to Swedish champions Malmö in the qualifying round.

“The Champions League is a box I would like to tick,” said the 29-year-old. “It’s the pinnacle of football and it’s where every player wants to play.

“But at the same time, I don’t think that was a factor in my decision to sign my contract. The Champions League has been on the agenda for the past few years.

“Obviously last year we couldn’t get there but hopefully this year we can and over the next few years me and this football club can play League of Nations football. champions.”

Goldson also came to the defense of teammate John Souttar who struggled on his Rangers debut against Livingston.

The former Hearts and Dundee United centre-back made an error which led to an early goal for the hosts. He was then substituted when Rangers came back for the win.

Goldson was disappointed with the online backlash against Souttar, saying: “I was really, really impressed with him from the first week he trained after we returned from Portugal,” Goldson said.

“I was disappointed on Saturday because I saw a few things on the internet and things like that, people obviously talk badly just because he had a game where he probably made a few mistakes.

“We’ve all been there, I’ve been there myself. I’ve been written off many times by Rangers fans but I see him every day and I see the qualities he has so I don’t no doubt he is going to be an amazing signing for this football club.

“He is an international player who is 25 years old and has played many games in Scottish football. We know what we signed. He joined Rangers, which we all know brings pressure , but you can’t judge people on a single game.

“Livingston obviously isn’t the easiest place to go with the (plastic) pitch and the way they play, but we’ve all seen his quality and I was actually more impressed to see him in the game. training than what I thought of him since playing against Hearts.

“I knew he was a good player but everything he does is so clean with the ball and he throws himself in front of things. He’s a great defender.”

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