Rangers’ board pulled out all the stops to get Philippe Clement

Rangers’ board pulled out all the stops to get Philippe Clement
Clement celebrates a massive winner for Danilo at Ibrox (Credit Rangers FC)

Rangers’ rampant rogering of Dundee only typified the impact Philippe Clement is making, and despite his being appointed some weeks ago now, Ibrox Noise is yet to actually formally make comment on the process.

That is, the choice of Rangers’ current board to veer away from the absolute nonsense of their predecessors ever since the days of Ally McCoist in appointing absolute rookies to the club.

This time, instead of a ‘gamble’ of an appointment, or hoping to unearth a ‘talented young manager with everything to prove’, Rangers’ new board made the wisest and most common-sense decision seen at Ibrox for years:

They went with a winner. For the first time since Walter Smith’s return in 2007, Rangers appointed a man with more than one league title to his name – even Giovanni van Bronckhorst couldn’t boast more than one.

In Philippe Clement, Rangers’ board decided to invest big, to stop going for the rubbish cheap options the previous boards had.

From, yes, Whyte, through the Green era, through till even King then Park, all these guys ever appointed were rookies or at best Gio, a more experienced winner but still fairly green in management.

But with James Bisgrove and John Bennett, it was the first time a Rangers board has actually decided to go serious, to get a guy who actually knows what he is doing and can win at the top level.

Clement, with 3 titles in Belgium, and a deeply underrated spell in France, really is about the top shelf of winners.

His CV was the best we’ve seen linked to our club in decades, and our board really pushed the boat out to get this guy.

He said it himself – he wanted a real football team, a big club with big fans and not the sterility of France again – and Rangers absolutely screamed at him.

But it’s the fact this board actually got a proper Rangers manager for the first time in an age, and we are seeing very much the fruits of digging deeper in the wallet and bringing in a serious boss.

This is what ‘they’ have done for years – Deila, Rodgers, Angie, Rodgers again – they kept on bringing in serial winners. We appointed Graeme Murty at one point.

No, the board have done the right thing, and put a real manager in place.

And Rangers fans are now starting to see the difference when a real pro is at the helm.

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