Rangers defender Filip Helander has spoken of his pride at equalling a 91-year-old club record by recording clean sheets in the opening five league games – but the Swede insists the whole squad deserves credit for the Gers’ impressive defensive record.
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Kilmarnock saw the Light Blues record a fifth consecutive shutout to start the season for the first time since the 1929/30 season and Helander admits there is a “real focus” in training on keeping things tight at the back.
With Rangers having a wealth of options in central defence just now, Helander thinks that competition is “better and better” for Gerrard’s squad and forces them to maintain their performances.
“Of course you feel very proud of such an achievement, but as I have said already it’s not about only the defence,” Helander said, speaking to the Glasgow Times.
“It’s about the whole team and the work that everyone is putting in. From the strikers down to the keepers everyone is working hard.
“You have to understand it’s not just about the defenders and goalkeeper, everyone is working hard in training. There is a real focus on what we’re trying to do defensively.
“We are trying to play the same way, even if it’s with different people.
“At the moment it’s me and Connor, but Leon started the season and George still has to come in too. There is genuine competition and that is better and better for the players.”
Helander has only just returned to the side after an injury suffered in December sidelined him before the Coronavirus outbreak.
Since returning, the defender has impressed fans, with some insisting he was the best centre-back at Ibrox after the Kilmarnock clash.
With a trip to Hamilton this weekend, the current Gers side could make the record their own with a sixth clean sheet and Gerrard will have a big call to make over who partners Connor Goldson at the heart of his defence,