It’s worth noting that that for all the complaints about Rangers’ ‘poor defence’, no one in the Scottish Premiership has conceded less goals than the Famous aside, strangely, 5th place Hearts.
Steven Naismith’s men have not conceded a goal, but their domestic form is indifferent, with two draws and a win in the course of that.
Just that opening Killie goal, that mess at the back between Goldson, Souttar and Lundstram which, on the curtain-raiser for the SPL was the only goal league-wise the side actually let in.
Since then, two clean sheets v Livi then yesterday’s clinical job against County.
Butland’s league saves? 7 in total. He’s had to make 7 saves in 3 matches, and conceded just the one goal. Showing that not only is he an excellent keeper, but the side is limiting the dangerous shots at him to a minimum.
It’s far from a completed project by any means, doubts persist about the reliability of James Tavernier and Connor Goldson as a defensive shield, but it’s hard to argue with the numbers.
Celtic have already conceded 3 goals, scoring just one more than Rangers, but giving Rangers the advantage goals-wise in goal difference, so as soon as/if the points tally goes in Rangers’ favour next weekend (we hope) the GD will already give the side an extra point.
Much was said about Celtic’s lead being 7 points not six, due to their superior goal difference – well so far this season it’s Rangers who now have that advantage, albeit just 3 matches in.
Despite the misfiring £15M attack and a questionable defence at times, it’s Rangers with the better lot of the two Old Firm sides as things stand, but we know it can change in the blink of an eye.
That said, it’s going currently in the right direction, but it needs to stick come next weekend.
That’s when we can properly gauge progress.