Rangers fans have been criticising BBC Scotland for a story in which they appear to play down the club’s achievement in breaking a 114-year Scottish clean sheet record.

In forcing Dundee United to draw a blank in Rangers’ 4-0 win at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard’s charges made it seven games on the bounce without conceding a goal at the start of the league season.

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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side have masterminded a seven-game clean sheet run to start the season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This bested a record set in 1906 by Willie Maley’s Celtic side in a monumental achievement more than a century in the making.

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But according to an article on the BBC Sport website, there has been a “slice of good fortune” about the run with the broadcaster claiming Rangers’ “fixture list has been kind”.

The report also talked up Rangers’ settled defence and the defence’s ability to prevent sides from taking chances but had a tone of reluctance about the praise.

“Much of that will be down their own abilities, starving teams of possession and the time and space to create, rather that mere luck, though,” reads the analysis.


For Rangers fans this is a needless negativity as the club’s relationship with the broadcaster is tested for the second time this weekend.

Rangers fans also criticised CelticTV and Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart for his response to comments made by Steven Gerrard made about a challenge on striker Alfredo Morelos.

The relationship between Rangers and the BBC is fraught at the best of times and some of the club’s supporters have criticised the broadcaster for their latest coverage:


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