Glasgow Rangers could be in for a tense game at Ibrox when Livingston come to town due to the pressure to respond to their Old Firm loss, suggests Lamie.
Ahead of their trip to Ibrox to lock horns with Glasgow Rangers, Livingston defender Ricki Lamie has claimed that Steven Gerrard’s charges will be under pressure to bounce back from their defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic before the international break, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
Rangers’ winning start to the Scottish Premiership season was halted by their bitter rivals at Ibrox and as such the Light Blues will be eager to get back to winning ways.
However, with the Lions having also had a bright start to the campaign, remaining unbeaten and going up to third, it won’t be straightforward for the Gers.
Lamie, who has an impressive three goals from eight appearances in all competitions from centre-back, admits it’s not going to be easy for his side, describing “any point” picked up at Ibrox as being “a bonus”, but as well as the pressure Rangers may be under, there is also the factor of the Livi players stepping up their game on the big stage.
“It’s well documented, the Old Firm result before the break. Obviously the pressure will be on Rangers to respond to that,” Lamie is quoted by FourFourTwo as saying. “So it’s maybe a free hit in terms of the expectations, but we’ll obviously be going in and any point is a bonus.
“On either side of the Old Firm, especially away from home, I think it’s all about how we set up and how we go about nullifying the threats. I think when you go into these games – it’s an old cliche – it’s a kind of cup final. Especially when you go to Celtic Park, Ibrox, places like that. Even if it’s unintentional, it is a big occasion and you go there and you want to perform. It’s a massive stage for you to broadcast your talents as well.”
Last season, Livi beat Rangers 1-0 at the Almondvale Stadium in September, but the Light Blues then hammered their opponents 3-0 at Ibrox in November before claiming the same scoreline on the Lions’ turf in January.