Former Rangers midfielder Charlie Miller insists the expectations at the Glasgow giants is “second to none” and told the Gers’ stars that they have no choice but to accept it.
The Light Blues have struggled at home this season with the weight of 50,000 expectant fans on their back but Miller knows the players have to live up to the demands of the Ibrox crowd.
The Light Blues find themselves ten points behind bitter rivals Celtic in the Scottish Premiership after last weekend’s home defeat to Kilmarnock.
Miller thinks Graeme Murty’s side can’t put in the type of performance they did against Celtic a few weeks ago then turn up and go through the motions like the Killie defeat.
“The expectation is second to none at Rangers, and you have to accept that,” Miller said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“When they are behind you it’s amazing, but you have to go out there and give them something to get them behind you.
“You have to show them that you want to win the game and get them going from the first minute, not just let teams come and frustrate you in the first 20 minutes and the fans end up getting restless.
“It’s no good raising your game against Celtic and then dropping off against Kilmarnock, and they have to know that they are coming to a massive football club and the ground is sold out practically every week.”
The Light Blues return to action after the international break against Motherwell on March 31st as Murty’s side try to get back to winning ways.
With an Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final rapidly approaching, the Gers will want to build some momentum before taking on Brendan Rodgers’ side at Hampden.
Football Insider verdict:
Miller is absolutely spot on and it is something that has been a problem at Ibrox over the last five or six years. Far too many players struggle to meet the weight of expectation from Rangers fans and think the odd win in three is good enough. While the Gers look to be heading in the right direction, they are still a long way away from the sides of the past who were bona fide winners and thrived with the pressure that came with playing for the Ibrox side in front of 50,000 fans every other week.
In other Rangers news, Russell Martin is now fit again after suffering an injury