Rangers boss Phil Clement addresses Graeme Souness’ comments

Rangers boss Phil Clement addresses Graeme Souness’ comments
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 21: Rangers Manager Philippe Clement during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Ibrox Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Philippe Clement has interestingly slightly contradicted Graeme Souness’ comments about the ex-Rangers manager’s choice of manager, whereby Souness himself said he would have chosen Frank Lampard.

In a mildly confusing exchange with Mark Benstead, Rangers’ boss was asked how he felt hearing Souness hadn’t strictly picked him, and his response was understandably frosty:

“It’s good, so that’s a good lesson for me now that I read everything that is said because the things you say you put in a different perspective. So I’m not going into those talks or rumours or all these noise about things because I’m here to do a sportive job, I’m here to build a team and I’m not here to talk about rumours or things that are spread, half spread because that was not the real story what he said.”

Admittedly this doesn’t make a LOT of sense, and there’s possibly a mild language barrier getting in the way where Clement doesn’t quite grasp the question, but equally he could be using that barrier to his advantage and avoiding the topic a little bit, which we wouldn’t blame him for.

Souness was clear that he did have Lampard as his first choice, and Clement now knows that and will be working with Souness in the future assuming the return is rubber stamped.

We’re not quite sure what to make of PC’s comments here, they could be as much translated to ‘I don’t care’ as much as anything else.

The fact is Souness expressed his opinion on the radio, and explained the board had overruled him, which probably wasn’t the wisest comment to come out with really given his impending return as a consultant to the club.

It sort of brings into question his credentials for wisdom that he not only wanted Lampard as his first choice, but said this stuff publicly and rather undermined the new manager in doing so.

Sure, he was praising of Clement as well, but admitted Lampard was his preference. PC put on the spot about this handled it well, but we do wonder about the whole thing.

Not ideal.

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