Rangers conceding less under Gerrard than under Smith and Advocaat
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Rangers conceding less under Gerrard than under Smith and Advocaat

It’s widely accepted that since walking through the door at Rangers, Steven Gerrard has improved all aspects of the team’s performance.

The Gers had reestablished themselves at Premiership level before the ex-Liverpool star took over, but they weren’t competing for silverware.

Pedro Caixinha was unable to make the Gers a force to be reckoned with. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

18 months later and they now look a genuine force to be reckoned with.

They are top of the league table and an impressive attacking statistic shows they are streaks clear of Celtic and the rest in terms of attempts on target.

A further statistic provided by RangersStatZone on Twitter, though, suggests that Gerrard isn’t just restoring competitiveness to the first team, but in fact, is breaking new ground.

At the back, there’s been significant rotation so far this campaign.

Allan McGregor, James Tavernier and Connor Goldson have been near constants. Yet, it’s only in recent times that Borna Barisic has nailed down the left-back spot, while Nikola Katic, Filip Helander and George Edmundson have rotated in and out to partner Goldson at centre-back.

Goldson has been a near-permanent fixture alongside various partners. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the lack of a traditional settled back four, though, Rangers’ defensive record has been excellent. As in fact, it was last season.

The Gers have conceded just once in the last six matches in all competitions and went through the entirety of Europa League qualifying without falling behind.

That kind of consistent solidity means that over his tenure at Ibrox, Gerrard’s Gers have conceded an average of 0.68 goals per game.

That’s the lowest in the history of the club, for those who have taken charge of at least 10 matches.

He comes in just ahead of Graeme Souness (0.69) and comfortably ahead of Ally McCoist, Dick Advocaat and Alex McLeish.

Remarkably, the legendary Walter Smith doesn’t even make the top five.

It’s a ringing endorsement of the organisation of this current Gers team, showing that not only are they potent in attack, but they are as solid at the back as any previous team in the club’s history.