Rangers will still be the favourites to get through their quarter-finals clash with Aberdeen and reach the last four of the Scottish Cup, however having a replay is far from ideal. It’s just one more game that Steven Gerrard doesn’t need, yet it would have been avoided had Connor Goldson not been so clumsy so early on to give the home side a penalty.
9' Penalty to Aberdeen as Mackay-Steven is fouled in the box by Goldson. 0-0
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 3, 2019
After just nine minutes of the Gers Scottish Cup quarter-final, they found themselves 1-0 down. Goldson had dived in on Gary Mackay-Stevens in the box and inevitably he got none of the ball and gave away a penalty. The spot-kick was duly converted by Sam Cosgrove and Stevie G’s side had it all to do. They eventually grabbed a second-half equaliser, but the Bluenoses still weren’t best pleased.
In the end, it became the tale of two central defenders for the Gers. Whilst Goldson’s blunder cost Rangers the opening goal, his centre-back partner was the one who made up for the mistake as he scored the equalising goal just minutes after the restart. The quarter-final replay isn’t a game the fans will be looking forward to as they’d rather have got the job done at Pittodrie, yet now they have an Ibrox replay to worry about.
You can read the Gers’ verdict on Goldson here:
Would love to know why Goldson felt the need to go to ground
— Kevin Cochrane (@KevC1993) March 3, 2019
Great awareness from Goldson.
— Graham Bell (@Mr_GBell) March 3, 2019
That was so dopey
— Gordon Smith (@Gord07) March 3, 2019
No need to dive in there
— Ross Sutherland (@rsutherland959) March 3, 2019
Defense decided not to show up?
— Ben Davidson (@bendavidson25) 3 March 2019
— riderof385s (@riderof385s) March 3, 2019
The Gers were far from happy with Goldson and will hope he can avoid making the same silly mistake against Aberdeen in the replay.