As history has now shown, Rangers’ board of directors wisely went with the better choice today, appointing Belgian manager Philippe Clement on a three-and-a-half-year deal, selecting him ahead of English-born Australian Kevin Muscat.
While Ibrox Noise was neutral about these two in the lead up to the selection, we did admit we were veering much more towards the former Genk manager, but we were happy enough with Muscat if he had been the man.
However, we are delighted at the choice the board made, and there’s actually a very, very good reason for this, beyond his obvious qualities and pedigree.
It would be that had we gone for Muscat, he’d already be a proven liar before arriving, just like Michael Beale was, and that would have bode terribly.
Kevin Muscat, only a few days ago, committed himself publicly 100% to Yokohama Marinos, vowing to stay and win them another title. Had he then joined Rangers, he’d have therefore done the same exact thing that the Mick had before he’d joined himself, by saying one thing and doing another (committing himself to QPR and talking about loyalty), outing himself as a fibber before he’d even joined. We condemned that from Beale at the time and it made us very wary of him.
We didn’t want this two managers in a row.
Now, there is one major caveat – it is quite feasible when Kevin Muscat made that vow to Marinos, it was because he’d already been told Clement was the final choice, and his race was run.
It was possible he was now committing himself to the Japanese completely, aware the Belgian had won the battle to secure the Ibrox hotseat.
So we’re not going to totally condemn the man and we absolutely apologise for the assertion if he did already know.
But we are happy how this has worked out – Clement is an outstanding manager and the right man going forward we hope.
We move on.