It must be said Thomas Buffel would be the absolutely perfect candidate as a ‘Rangers minded’ coach for Philippe Clement.
As we know, it’s been reported the former Rangers playmaker will be remaining with his post at the Belgian FA, but given his prominence in Clement’s arrival at Ibrox we can’t help wondering if Buffel wouldn’t be the most appropriate guy for Clement to bring in.
Buffel, who Ibrox Noise is a gigantic fan of, ticks every single box Clement is looking for.
He’s a Rangers man, he’s well aware of the pressure of the club, he’s Belgian, he played for Clement already at Genk, and the two are very much friends in the game.
Buffel had a great time at Ibrox under Alex McLeish and to an extent Paul Le Guen, but it went wrong for him on Walter’s return – he just wasn’t a player the returning manager was interested in, too creative and unpredictable we suspect. That was, in Ibrox Noise’s view, a rare Walter mistake.
But Buffel was massive in Clement’s arrival, in the press speaking to some pro-Rangers outlets in depth about his former gaffer.
There are few who would be better placed to guide Clement to life in Govan than Buffel – someone who knows him this well already, a definite ally in the game, and someone who completely understands Rangers.
If you haven’t suspected it already, we rate Buffel very highly, and do wish he’d had a better crack at the Rangers whip under Walter – he won 36 caps for his country, and this is Belgium we’re talking about!
He’d be a great choice to bring into Rangers’ staff.
Unfortunately at the moment it does seem like he’s staying where he is in the Belgian football system (he coaches the youths), but you never know, things can change.
We hope so.