CONNOR Goldson has attributed Rangers' incredible defensive record to hard work and competition for places after helping the Ibrox club keep their 14th clean sheet of the 2020/21 campaign.

Goldson and his team mates recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Lech Poznan in their second Europa League group match thanks to a second-half header from substitute Alfredo Morelos.

It was a hard-fought victory for Steven Gerrard's team, but it extended their unbeaten run this season to 17 matches and keeps them level on points with leaders Benfica in their section.

Rangers haven't conceded a single goal at home since play resumed back in August and their centre half feels that hours spent on the training ground and strength in depth are responsible.

"We knew we needed all three points and we got them," he said. "Obviously playing at home it is vital for us. It is harder without the fans in Europe. I am happy we got the three points.

"We are defending well because of hard work, confidence as well. We are all playing with confidence. Obviously at the start of the season with the run that we went on it made us more aware of what we (the defence) are doing to help the team.

"We go into every game looking to keep a clean sheet. We know if we do that it only takes one goal and we are always capable of that.

"We have got, including Niko (Katic) who is unfortunately injured, five quality centre backs at this football club. Happily, I am playing every single game which is what I want. But whoever is playing we know we have to do well because we have other options, players waiting to take our place."

Goldson singled out left back Borna Barisic, who set up Morelos for his goal with a pinpoint cross, for special praise at the end of the 90 minutes.

"I thought he put in some unbelievable ones in the first-half as well," he said. "We were unlucky we didn't get on the end of them. We know the quality that both he and Tav (James Tavernier) have got and that is why we try to get them both up the pitch as much as we can."