FORMER Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands thinks his old side could go the entire Premiership campaign without losing a game - but warned that in order to do so, they must maintain their stellar form at the back.

The Ibrox club have been in fantastic form so far this term, opening up a 19-point gap with their rivals Celtic at the table's summit having played an extra three games, winning 20 of their 22 fixtures and drawing the other two, and shipping just five goals along the way - causing some fans to wonder if they could go without defeat for the rest of the campaign.

Brendan Rodgers became the first manager to go a whole top-flight season without losing a league match when he achieved the feat with the Parkhead club's 'Invincibles' in 2016/17.

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And Lovenkrands - who was a key part of the Govan outfit's treble-winning side of 2002/03 - thinks Steven Gerrard could follow suit this year.

He told Sky Sports: "I think they [Rangers] will feel more pressure coming later in the season. I've been there myself and it's tough.

"You want it so badly, especially when you are coming closer to the end of the season and you are still ahead.

"You really, really want it and you think it's going to be in the bag but it's all about keeping your concentration.

"It's about hard work. Hard work on the training ground and being prepared.

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"It's about being professional about yourself and following the instructions and all these different things, but I don't need to tell the team that.

"I know they are going to be doing that and I've seen it first-hand how they work when I was on the training ground. They are very professional in what they do and I can't see them letting that go."

When asked specifically if he thought Rangers could go the whole season without a Premiership defeat, Lovenkrands replied: "I won't stand here and say they can't.

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"Of course there is an opportunity that they can do that, definitely.

"They way they are going defensively, just five goals conceded in the league, that's quite incredible.

"If they can keep going like that, and defending the way they are, maybe they can go and do it."