Former Rangers star Mark Walters says the club simply “can’t go 10 years without winning the league” as they bid to stop Celtic’s march towards the historic milestone.
The 56-year-old former winger, who played a part in the early stages of Rangers’ own nine-in-row run, understands the demands facing Steven Gerrard’s men as they bid to end their trophy drought.
The only time Rangers fans have had to wait more than a decade for a title success was after their 1964 championship win which was followed by one Kilmarnock triumph and nine successive Celtic victories.
Walters enjoyed a successful spell at Ibrox after arriving on the final day of 1987, collecting two League Cup winners’ medals and playing a key role in the three league titles.
And he says the club are too big in stature to equal that unwanted record this season.
Speaking at the draw for this season’s league cup he said: “I’d like to think it would go further than last year because come mid-season I thought Rangers were in a great position to kick on and get the holy grail of the league.
“But like the year before the mid-season seemed to be a real problem for Rangers.
“They have had a great start so far, two wins out of two, played some great football and got some good signings, at least on paper.
“If they can do it this year it would be fantastic not only for Stevie’s managerial career but also for Rangers, because a club of Rangers’ size and stature can’t go 10 years without winning the league.”
Both Glasgow sides have won nine-in-a-row, Rangers from 1989-97 and Celtic between 1966-1974, without managing to reach the ten.
Celtic are now only one title away again after their current run of winning every league trophy since 2012.
Rangers have started off the season with two wins out of two against Aberdeen and St Mirren.