Glasgow is Blue as Philippe Clement’s Rangers fly high

Glasgow is Blue as Philippe Clement’s Rangers fly high
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 17: Philippe Clement, Manager of Rangers, poses for a photo with the Viaplay Cup trophy at full-time after victory in the Viaplay Cup Final match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on December 17, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

History is made at Rangers following an eternal wait, as Philippe Clement’s all-conquering Ibrox side claims its first League Cup in 13 years, after an admittedly awful match in Mount Florida where the designated home side deservedly prevailed over a predictably physical Aberdeen.

The game itself is not really worth much discussion – few would deny it wasn’t great, but a big big moment from captain James Tavernier was the difference, and the four days Rangers have just had might just be a season-swinger.

Qualifying a gigantic leap into the last 16 of the Europa League, watching our eastern chums lose yesterday, and now winning our first League Cup in a generation.

All since Thursday.

THIS is the Rangers we want – sure, we know many of the players simply aren’t good enough, that’s abundantly clear. We’ll analyse that more in the coming days.

But the arrival of Philippe Clement has clearly changed the Scottish football landscape.

He’s been here two months and two days, and has already won the opening domestic cup and taken us to the last 16 of the Europa League, while closing the cap to Celtic to a theoretical one point lead if we win our games in hand.

We might not all agree on everything he does, and the Aberdeen match up north was a blot alright, but the honeymoon, which we declared ‘over’ here on Ibrox Noise, appears right back on again.

Clement is a different kind of manager, someone of his like we’ve not seen before at Rangers, and he’s just a complete winner.

This is not Beale B*llsh*t. This is tangible results and while some would argue the true test to be December 30, is it? Celtic are mince, and on the ropes, so we’re not sure a win there will even mean AS much as it might normally. Who we kidding, of course it will, but the real currency is silverware.

And that’s the biggest test yet, and Clement has passed it with flying colours.

Rangers, amazingly, are on for the treble now, and that’s with a half-baked and horrendous squad – imagine what this guy could do if he actually had great players at his disposal.

Glasgow is absolutely blue.

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