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Micky Mellon made Rangers’ Connor Goldson a ‘Premier League defender’ says Ellis

Goldson's former Shrewsbury team mate Mark Ellis saw first hand how the Ibrox star blossomed under Mellon.

Goldson’s former Shrewsbury team mate Mark Ellis saw first hand how the Ibrox star blossomed under Mellon.

Rangers have a Premier League defender in Connor Goldson – and for that Micky Mellon deserves great credit.

That’s the view of the man who lined-up beside the fledgling Goldson in the heart of Mellon’s defence as he steered Shrewsbury Town to promotion in 2014-15.

Mark Ellis saw the close bond between the two first hand at New Meadow and knew when Mellon handed Goldson the captain’s armband at the age of 21 that he was playing beside a special character.

So Ellis – now with Tranmere for whom he was signed by Mellon two years ago – has a keen interest in developments at Ibrox as Rangers take on Dundee United today.

Despite the grudge match nature of the fixture Ellis reckons Mellon will be seeking out his old protege for a warm embrace – or at least a covid-acceptable elbow pump before kick-off.

The 31-year-old isn’t surprised in the slightest at Goldson’s progress since leaving Shrewsbury and moving to Ibrox via Brighton.

He said: “I know there’s social distancing at the minute but I’m sure Micky will want to give Connor a big hug when he sees him at Ibrox.

“I know he was fond of him and when Connor left Shrewsbury he left on good terms.

“There was a bond between them. Connor was a very young lad but Micky was the one who gave him his big break.

“He had played a bit under Mike Jackson but it was Micky who made him a first pick.

“You could see early on he had the potential to go on to bigger things like has has done with Brighton and now Rangers.

“Micky has to take some of the credit for that because he believed in him and threw him in when it really mattered.

“We finished second in League Two and got promoted. Connor played a big part. He was a very good organiser and very, very good at communicating with the other players.

“He actually helped me improve my game even though I was older. He was only 21 but he demanded high standards and that’s just a natural thing with Connor.

“I always thought he would be good enough to hold his own in the Premier League – that’s how good I think he is.”

Mellon to is held in the highest regard and no wonder, considering the Scot has four promotions to his name in the last eight years down south.

“He came in at Shrewsbury straight after we got relegated and put a brand new team together and got promoted straight away. He then won back to back promotions with Tranmere and deserves all the plaudits he gets.

“It was a bit of a blow when we lost Micky in the summer. It was a strange one.

“There were rumours and I spoke to him two or three weeks before he departed and he gave me the good news that he wanted me to stay on with Tranmere and offered me a new deal.

“Then when he left I had a bit of a panic but thankfully I still got it sorted.

“Micky leaves the coaching to his coaches but he is never far away and demands high standards, high intensity in training and games.

“If he wasn’t happy with certain things then you would be told in no uncertain terms to pull your finger out.


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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