Kris Boyd has claimed Rangers have to show their title ambitions by winning their fixture away to Hearts this weekend.
Steven Gerrard’s team travel to Tynecastle on Sunday to face Hearts in the league and will be looking to continue a decent start to the campaign.
The Light Blues sit top of the table after the opening eight league games, with reigning champions Celtic two points adrift in Celtic.
Celtic have set such a high bar in recent times with their dominance of Scottish football, but it looks like they may have a genuine contender to deal with this season in the league.
Rangers did lose the one Old Firm meeting so far this campaign, but aside from that have a 100 per cent win record in the league and are buzzing at Ibrox.
Boyd, who is an ex-Rangers striker now pundit, has warned that his former side can’t afford to slip up in matches like the weekend to keep in the title hunt.
“You can tell the place (Ibrox) is bouncing. I think that is going to be crucial between now and the end of the season,” Boyd told Sky Sports.
“It is a very difficult game going to Tynecastle but the fans are right behind the team, the performances at Ibrox have been unbelievable in terms of the goals they have scored and they are not conceding a lot.
“If Rangers are going to become league champions then these are the games you need to go to and get the three points.”
Rangers know there is going to be little room for error this season if there title bid is going to last, but the signs are positive so far and it may come down to the individual clashes against Celtic.
Hearts have not started the campaign in the best of form, but can be a difficult side to visit on their day and finished sixth last season in the league.
Gerrard does have the luxury of knowing his team have plenty of goals throughout them, while he can rotate the forward pair of Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos too.