Sir Alex cited as real reason spelt out for Rangers failing to raise themselves for Slavia - Mills
Danny Mills has suggested Rangers took their eye off the ball by celebrating so wildly when they secured the Scottish Premiership title after their Europa League exit.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Leeds United defender backed Steven Gerrard to learn from their 3-0 aggregate defeat to Slavia Prague on Thursday night.
After the game midfielder Steven Davis told BT Sport the Light Blues were not at their best and deserved to go out over two legs.
The weekend before the first leg in the Czech capital Rangers secured the Scottish Premiership title and it was followed by wild celebrations in the Ibrox dressing room.
Asked whether the euphoria of winning the league may have impacted their performances in Europe, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, it’s tough sometimes.
“I look back to games that I played in the Champions League, you’re playing against Real Madrid away, Lazio away, AC Milan away, Barcelona away and then you go to Selhurst Park against Wimbledon or you’re playing at Bolton. As much as players are professionals and they do everything right it’s hard to isolate situations.
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“They’ll be thinking ‘hang on a minute we’ve just stopped Celtic winning 10 in a row, we’ve just won the title for the first time in 10 years. Everything was about winning the league, now we’ve got to go again.’
“It’s tough sometimes. This is why the best teams, Chelsea in their prime, Sir Alex’s Manchester United, are relentless. They don’t celebrate victories. It’s about what’s next, over and over again. That’s what they do.
“That’s incredibly difficult. Sometimes you get a natural drop off. Look at Liverpool after they won the league, to keep pushing yourself is very, very difficult sometimes.
“It’s a learning experience. That’s what you do. You win – it’s great. You lose – you learn. You keep trying to improve. That’s what it comes down to.
“As long as you learn from it they’ll be absolutely fine.
“You have to go through these experiences, nobody goes through the perfect season, winning, winning, winning. It doesn’t happen.”