The Rangers squad must overcome a new mental hurdle to win the Premiership title again next season, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Ibrox defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested replicating the high standards of this term would be the “hardest thing” for Steven Gerrard’s men.
Speaking to Rangers TV, Gerrard confessed he had seen a sense of “complacency” and a drop in standards since winning the league.
The Light Blues wrapped up the title race in early March after Celtic drew with Dundee United.
However, they have since been dumped out of the Europa League by Sparta Prague.
The Gers have also drawn two of their five league games, including on Wednesday against St Johnstone.
They are however in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup after beating Celtic 2-0 last weekend.
Hutton admitted performance levels have not been at the levels expected since the title win.
As such, he suggested the squad have a mental hurdle to overcome ahead of next season.
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I mean it must be difficult. We understand the pressure Rangers have been under to stop Celtic’s 10-in-a-row.
“To have finally done that after such a long layoff with no trophies and everything they went through… It’s difficult to get over that hill, win the league and maintain your standards.
“When you think about it, going out Europe was difficult. In their recent performances, they haven’t been at their free-flowing best but look, they’ve still managed to get the results that they need.
“Yes, it’s not been as high a standard as we’re used to seeing. I think the message to the players would be that they go on again, which is going to be the hardest thing, and challenge next season.
“Your standards have to be high, no matter what position you are in the league. I think that’s what he’ll be trying to improve for next season.”