Connor Goldson claims Rangers took NO notice of Celtic's leaked team for the Old Firm derby last weekend - insisting he laughed off rumours that youngster Stephen Welsh was to start.

The defender notched a brilliant double for his side as they dispatched of their rivals 2-0 on Saturday. Celtic, meanwhile, were ravaged by Covid-19-related absences and were forced to start with kid Welsh at centre-half as well as Patryk Klimala up front alongside Moi Elyounoussi, a makeshift striker.

Goldson, though, batted away suggestions that the Light Blues received any sort of advantage having seen Neil Lennon's line up before kick-off, insisting they expected Odsonne Edouard and Christopher Jullien to play and that the leak was a fake.

"We went into the game, even in our pre-match meeting, we thought [Christopher] Jullien would play, we thought [Odsonne] Edouard would play," Goldson told talkSPORT. "I think a few of us saw that team but we didn’t really believe it. In an Old Firm you can never trust anything. One day someone’s injured and the next day they are playing.

"Listen, every player wants to play in the Old Firm, injured or not. We actually went into the game thinking Jullien and Edouard would play. Truthfully, I got on the coach and I got a message from one of my best mates who plays down south for Doncaster who said [Stephen] Welsh was playing and Edouard wasn’t playing. I messaged him back saying, ‘good one – we’ll see when we get there’.

“When we got there the team was true."

Goldson's double managed to land one lucky punter a whopping £1,500 from a fiver bet.