Smith believes that the pressure from supporters will be on from the moment Rangers make their top-flight return in August.
He said: “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. 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.”
Nine titles in a row was first achieved by Jock Stein’s Celtic from 1966 to 1974. Rangers, under Graeme Souness and then Smith, matched that feat from 1989 to 1997.
If Celtic win the title this season it would put them on five in a row since 2012, with Rangers having been outside the top flight since they went into liquidation in that year.