By Frank McAvennie

12th Aug, 2021 | 9:55am

Celtic are galvanised by crowds, Rangers are crumbling and this is why - McAvennie

Frank McAvennie has suggested the calamitous week at Rangers could be a result of fans being back in stadiums.

The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, had a dig at his old club’s bitter rivals after they lost their third game in a week.

Rangers were defeated 2-1 to a 10-man Malmo on Tuesday night, a result that sent them crashing out of the Champions League.

This followed a first-leg loss to the Swedish side last week and a shock loss to Dundee United at the weekend.

“Some of the punters are saying Rangers can’t play with a crowd,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I don’t buy into that but I get it what they are saying.

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“The home fans put them under so much pressure. They demand.

“When the fans are in at Celtic, they rise to the occasion. I’ve said it time and time again, Celtic would not have been that bad last season if fans were in.

“They wouldn’t have let the players get away with that. It looks like it’s working for Celtic at the moment and Rangers are struggling.

“I do wonder about that pressure, the expectation is that you win every game.

“We certainly didn’t see three loses in a row from Rangers last season or the performances that go with that.”

Rangers are back in action on Friday as they face Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish League Cup.

They then face a crunch Europa League play-off clash next week.

In other news, McAvennie: Rangers must beat Malmo tonight, the board have already spent the group stage money.