After a disappointing Sunday, a worrying stat has emerged on Rangers’ season.

Steven Gerrard’s men put in an abject display at Celtic Park as they fell to a 1-0 defeat on Sunday. The result means Rangers sit seventh in the Premiership table after four matches.

Many people have pointed to the fact the result means Gerrard’s unbeaten run is now over. Others have mentioned that Rangers have won just one league game in their first four.

Whilst these are factual, another stat has emerged that shows things have to start picking up and soon.

Record start

It hasn’t been the best start to domestic life at Rangers so far for Gerrard (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After four matches in the campaign so far, this is now Rangers’ worst start to a league season for 29 years. The stat comes as a huge surprise considering how positive the Gerrard era has started.

Qualification for the Europa League means that not a lot of focus has been put on the domestic start. Gerrard achieved an amazing feat by reaching European group stage football in year one of his tenure.

But there is no doubting that domestically, things are going to have to change. Starting next Saturday against Dundee, Gerrard needs to start picking up three points on a consistent basis.

The Gers have slipped up against Aberdeen and Motherwell before the Celtic defeat. A 1-1 draw at Pittodrie was subsequently followed by a 3-3 stalemate at Fir Park. Sandwiched in between was a decent 2-0 home win against St Mirren.

Rangers were unbeaten in 12 matches before Celtic clash (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Therefore, whilst performances have remained impressive and clear improvement has been made, Rangers need to start getting some consistency in results.

The Old Firm match can prove to be a huge wake-up call for Gerrard’s men. The performance wasn’t good enough and it can’t be replicated in the coming weeks. A similar display against Dundee and fans will start to grow anxious.

So whilst European football has been secured impressively, it’s time for some domestic success to start transpiring.

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