RANGERS created a little bit of Scottish history on Saturday when the Ibrox club's 4-0 home win over Micky Mellon's Dundee United ensured they extended their clean sheet record to seven games - the longest any side has gone without conceding a single goal from the start of the season in Scotland.

Steven Gerrard's side matched a 114-year-old Celtic record in their 2-0 win over Hamilton prior to the recent international break, with the commanding win over the Tangerines in Govan leaving the Premiership runners-up as the out-and-out record holders.

Now, Gerrard and his players are just three games away from matching the world record for the longest shut-out from the beginning of a campaign - and four away from creating global football history.

Louis Van Gaal's Ajax side of the mid-90s holds the current European record for the most games without conceding a goal from the start of a season, chalking up nine successive clean sheets at the beginning of the 1994/95 campaign.

The world record, however, is held by Tunisian outfit Esperance, who managed to shut out their opponents in their opening 10 games of the season around 20 years ago.

In order to match that feat, Gerrard's side would need clean sheets in their next three league outings against Hibs, Motherwell and Ross County.

The Ibrox side would then have the opportunity to become the sole record holders if they could ensure Celtic did not score in the first Old Firm derby of the season, due to be played at Parkhead on 17 October.