The incredible stat behind Rangers’ winning run

Pete Lynch November 3, 2020
The incredible stat behind Rangers’ winning run
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Rangers are enjoying a sensational run of form under manager Steven Gerrard and the former Liverpool captain can put a lot of the recent success down to a formidable back line.

The Gers have conceded just three goals from their 13 matches in the new league campaign.

Incredibly, Gerrard’s outfit have kept a clean sheet in their last six games in all competitions, winning all six.

In fact, the Glasgow side now boast 15 clean sheets from their 18 matches this season, winning 16 of them.

The phenomenal run has seen the club soar to the top of the Scottish Premiership, nine points above rivals Celtic.

And in Europe, Rangers are in a prime position in Group D of the Europa League, joining Dinamo Zagreb as the only two sides yet to concede in the competition this season.

Squad rotation key to success

Clean sheets in football are hard to come by but they are undoubtedly more forthcoming when you can call on a regular back four and goalkeeper.

However, that hasn’t been the case for Gerrard.

During the latest six-game clean-sheet run, the boss has yet to select the same defence and goalkeeper for successive matches.

Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin have rotated between the sticks, with Filip Helander and Leon Balogun alternating as Conor Goldson’s centre-back partner. 

Right-back James Tavernier has been ever present, with Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic both getting game time at left-back, largely down to an injury for the Croatian.

Rangers impressive going forward

It just so happens Gerrard’s men also lead the way in Scotland in terms of goals scored. They have found the back of the net 29 times this season.

Noisy neighbours Celtic will, however, have something to say about that.

Neil Lennon’s men have two games in hand over Rangers and, while they can’t overtake the leaders even with two wins, the Bhoys will certainly have their eyes set on going top of the scoring charts.

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Freelance sports journalist from Derry/Londonderry with experience at Sky Sports News and the International University Sports Federation. Huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan.