Former Celtic captain Paul Lambert has tried to heap all the pressure on Rangers ahead of the new campaign with “mind games” about Celtic’s speculative claims to 10IAR.

Celtic are desperate to get their decade long mission of 10IAR over the line no matter how dubious the backdrop and the likes of Lambert and fellow ex-Celtic John Hartson were out upping the pressure on BBC Sportsound.

The former Parkhead midfield believes there is “horrendous” pressure on Rangers to stop Celtic’s seemingly unstoppable charge for next season’s crown.

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Lambert is the current manager of League One Ipswich Town, who finished 11th in the third tier of English football this season.  (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Part of the Celtic team that stopped Rangers winning a legitimate 10IAR in 1998, Lambert believes all the pressure is on the Gers.

“There’s a lot more pressure on trying to stop it than winning it,” said Lambert [BBC Scotland].

“If you don’t win it, people are really disappointed, but you’ve still got nine and everybody’s the same.

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“But if Rangers lose 10 in a row now, the history of Rangers is gone. That’s the pressure we had.

“John Clark, Billy McNeill, Bertie Auld, Ronnie Simpson, Jock Stein, Jimmy Johnstone, all those great guys… did you want to be known for losing their history?”

Whilst it’s an ongoing embarrassment to compare Celtic’s current charges to their own 9IAR team of the 60s and the Rangers’ side of the 90s, Lambert’s forgot that’s not how football works.

Something tells me those Celtic types remain incredibly upset about what happened in the 90s. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

The achievements of the Rangers side of the 90s will always overshadow those of this Celtic side. There is no doubt about that, anywhere.

Lambert also believes that Gerrard – a Champions League-winning captain with Liverpool and World Cup captain with England – is about to feel immense pressure at Rangers.

“If Steven doesn’t know pressure, it will come now,” added Lambert, as the mind games continued.

“The Rangers fans will make it a furnace of a place if they don’t win.

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has dealt pretty well with pressure in the past. (Photo by Tom Jenkins/Getty Images). An image from the book “In The Moment” published June 2012

“The Celtic pressure will be an enjoyable one. The Rangers pressure is going to be horrendous. It’s not the Rangers guys’ ability, it’s in the brain. Mentally can they handle it?

“Chasing a title is incredibly tough when your rivals are a good bit away from you.

“If you can’t handle that Rangers crowd baying for you to win every game to stop your oldest rivals taking away your history, players can capitulate in front of 50,000. They don’t want the ball because they’re scared.”

Lambert’s comments are the latest from those with Parkhead allegiances who want to shift the pressure onto the Gers head of the new season.

Celtic have built these dubious claims to 10IAR up so much, that if Ibrox would akin to a furnace then Celtic Park will be a volcano if things don’t go their way.

25 Mar 2000: Paul Lambert of Glasgow Celtic challenges Rod Wallace of Glasgow Rangers during the Scottish Premier Division match at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow Rangers won the match 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport

All Rangers need to do is turn the screw and prove they can be consistent across an entire season.

Some of the Ibrox club’s supporters have had plenty to say after Lambert’s comments, dismissing them as mind games:

 

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