Alan Hutton has admitted Rangers need to take a leaf out of Celtic’s book to establish a “winning mentality” at Ibrox.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Light Blues needed a change of mindset when it comes to knock-out games.

As quoted by BT Sport, Steven Gerrard confessed Rangers needed to be “better prepared for cup competitions” after being knocked out the Scottish Cup by St Johnstone.


He also admitted he could see “loads of areas” that needed improving ahead of next season.

Rangers’ hopes of a domestic double were ended by a penalty shoot-out defeat on Sunday.

They were also knocked out of the Scottish League Cup in the quarter-finals by St Mirren in December.

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Hutton suggested a lack of a winning mindset let the Gers down in both domestic cups.

As such, he suggested Gerrard would need to look across Glasgow for some inspiration.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I think it’s mentality. I mean, it’s not league football, it’s a one-off game. You’re not playing for three points, it’s a winning mentality thing.

“I remember playing at Rangers and you just had to win every single game where Rangers are just starting that now. They’re at the start of something that’s being built, in my opinion.

“Yes, they have won the league but it’s about building on that. It’s always difficult to go and replicate that and do it again and again. That’s where the mentality comes in, the winning mentality that you must deliver every single game.

“That’s what let them down when it comes to cup competitions. In the league, you can get away with it because you can make up for the next game. You have to be fully focused on the cup competitions.


“In the early rounds you’ll rotate and things like that but when it becomes serious, I think it comes down to a mentality thing.

“I mean look at Celtic, how many they won over the years. You get that mindset. It’s just that mentality to go out and win on that one day when it’s a knock-out game. That’s where they have to be better.”

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