McAvennie: Everyone in Glasgow is talking about one Rangers problem, Ferguson agrees with me
Frank McAvennie refuses to believe Rangers players are unable to perform in front of a crowd.
The Celtic icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted any player who can’t handle the Ibrox crowd shouldn’t be at the club.
Last season, as crowds were locked out of football grounds, Rangers completed an unbeaten league season and went well in Europe.
This season, with fans back in, the Gers have lost their unbeaten record and crashed out of the Champions League.
This has led to the accusation that Rangers struggle to turn up when facing an expectant crowd.
McAvennie insists this is not the case and that Rangers legend Derek Ferguson agrees with him.
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“Rangers are under so much pressure,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“There’s a big talk going around up here, everyone’s talking about it. A lot of people are saying Rangers’ players are bottling it in front of a crowd.
“I can’t see that happening. Celtic and Rangers players, playing in front of full crowds every week is what you live for.
“I was speaking to Derek Ferguson the other day, he agreed, we absolutely loved it.
“I loved playing at Ibrox and having people screaming at me, it was all part of the fun.
“If you can’t handle the Ibrox crowd you shouldn’t be at Rangers.
“That being said, I don’t think that’s the issue but the pressure is certainly on.”
The Light Blues returned to winning ways against Dunfermline Athletic last week, running out 5-0 winners.
This ended an unexpected three-game losing streak after initially winning their opening game of the season.