Former Ibrox star Charlie Adam has slammed Rangers’ ability to deal with adversity in games compared to match-winners found in Neil Lennon’s Celtic team, speaking to BBC Sportsound on Monday night.

The Bhoys travel across the city this Sunday in an effort to extend our lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership even further from 13 points to 16 points.

Even leaving Ibrox without conceding any ground would be seen as a positive given the limited time available for Steven Gerrard’s outfit to close the gap.

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Adam has been speaking about his old team on national radio and thinks one of their big problems this season is a lack of resilience in Gerrard’s starting eleven.

The Reading midfielder feels they don’t have players who can step up to be counted when it matters most, citing James Forrest and Ryan Christie as examples who can.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound (10/03), he said: “You either have thick skin or you don’t.

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“I’ve had that in my career where, if you make a mistake, you make a mistake. That’s part of it. It’s how you react after that mistake. And I think that, what I see with Rangers at the moment, they just don’t have that cutting edge like a Forrest or a Christie.

“When teams sit in against them, they just don’t have someone who’s guile enough to go and play that pass or when they play that pass and it doesn’t come off, they just think ‘oh the pressure is off me and the fans are on me’.”

Celtic star James Forrest celebrates scoring against Rangers

Celtic star James Forrest celebrates scoring against Rangers. / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hopefully, the mentality of Lennon’s team is shown in all its glory this weekend.

After our last two derby performances, there’s a bit of expectation that we can perform much better this time around, especially considering the apparent confidence gap between the two sides right now.

Celtic’s form since the turn of the year has been blistering, in stark contrast to the Ibrox outfit.

It’s natural then that pundits are going to be praising the league leaders and trashing our rivals.

It’s now up to Celtic to live up to the hype.

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