By Danny Mills

3rd Aug, 2021 | 8:00pm

Mills: 'Huge' development has have handed Celtic 'big' advantage over Rangers

Celtic may have been handed an advantage over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership title race after being knocked out of the Champions League, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender claimed the Celtic squad can now fully focus on winning back the title from their Glasgow rivals.

The Hoops were dumped out of the Champions League by FC Midtjylland last week.

Meanwhile, Rangers get their Champions League campaign underway against Malmo in Sweden tonight (3 August).

Celtic have dropped into the Europa League and will face Jablonec in the Czech Republic on Thursday 5 August.

“Their season is certainly not over,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“They drop into the Europa League which isn’t the most glamourous thing. They’ve got to try and push Rangers now and overturn that, try and stop Rangers winning the title.

“Of course, it’s a huge disappointment but their season cannot be over at this stage. That’s a big and bold overreaction.

“We’ve seen before teams before in the Premier League who are not in the Champions League do well in the league, Chelsea and Leicester City.

“You play week to week. Having those big Champions League games then going to teams down the bottom of the Scottish Premiership isn’t as glamorous. Players can lose a bit of focus sometimes going from Champions League to league games.

“Now it gives them a chance to focus and reset. They clearly need to get some bodies in and some recruitment. Then they can go from there and this can be a big advantage.”

In other news, Celtic have been told to seal a “bargain” signing for £1.5million after a rival bid is rejected.