Former Rangers player Peter Lovenkrands believes Steven Gerrard’s side could go unbeaten this season after beating Celtic 1-0 on Saturday, thanks to their ‘incredible’ defence.
It is the third consecutive Old Firm win for the Ibrox outfit, and leaves them 19 points clear at the top of the SPFL.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Lovenkrands was asked whether he believes his former side can go unbeaten in the league this term, and said:
“Of course there is an opportunity they could do that, definitely.
“I have to say the way they’re doing it defensively, just five goals scored against them in the league is quite incredible.
“If they keep defending the way they are maybe they can go and do it.
“They will feel more pressure coming later on in the season. I’ve been there myself, it’s tough.”
Building from the back
Lovenkrands’ analysis is spot on, as it is Rangers’ defence that will be key to going unbeaten this campaign.
Celtic’s record over the last four years proves that.
In each of those seasons they have conceded 25 goals or fewer, but they did dominate in attack also.
A return of 106 goals in their unbeaten league campaign of 2016/17 is testament to that.
Nevertheless, a WhoScored average of 14 tackles per league game shows how resolute Rangers’ defence is.
Gerrard’s men have also made nine interceptions per game, underlining the discipline he has installed in the squad.
Gaining possession with such efficiency has proven vital, and going unbeaten remains possible if the players maintain their levels.
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