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Walter Smith heaps pressure on Rangers boss to deny Celtic

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The former Rangers manager says the pressure is on Mark Warburton to stop Celtic's reign over top flight titles.

Legendary manager Walter Smith has heaped pressure on Rangers boss Mark Warburton, insisting he must prevent Celtic recording a record 10 consecutive league titles, reports the Scotsman.

Celtic and Rangers meet for this first time since their League Cup semi-final in February 2015 this weekend in the Scottish Cup. Stakes will be high for their imminent semi-final clash at Hampden Park, with both teams vying for a final berth in the competition.

Following the Gers’ demotion to the bottom rung of Scottish football ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, Celtic have recorded four successive top-flight titles. The Hoops are set to add to that tally of successes this season, with Ronny Deila’s men currently possessing an eight point lead over nearest challengers Hearts.

Old Firm sides have twice achieved a run of nine-straight league triumphs. The first was achieved by Jock Stein's Celtic side between 1966 and 1974 and then again most recently by Smith’s Rangers, spanning the years of 1989 and 1997.

Following Rangers’ return to the top flight, Smith has warned promotion-winning boss Warburton the pressure is on him to deny Celtic achieving an unprecedented run of title wins.

“I hear people saying that they have got time, but I’m afraid time and patience were never virtues that Rangers supporters were blessed with in particular,” Smith is quoted as saying in the Scotsman.

“So not only have you to go in and do well, you’ve to stop Celtic getting that nine-in-a-row, towards ten-in-a-row, dare I say it.”

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