Philippe Clement has given a massive indication he doesn’t agree with the view held by some Rangers fans that often defend players who say they want to join ‘bigger’ teams or ‘bigger’ leagues.
It’s a long-standing gripe on Ibrox Noise at any player who has aspirations to join another club, not so much the intentions, but the desire to inform the public of them.
We ranted for years about our resentment of Alfredo Morelos repeatedly preaching his ‘I want to play in the Premier League’ ambition, while rarely-to-never praising Rangers or our fans.
Then Glen Kamara started on the same cycle before he too got his wish and a move south, before Nico Raskin then started pushing a similar agenda about moving to Chelsea.
We objected strongly to Luis Palma, when his agent made it very clear a move to Rangers was just a stepping stone for his ambition of the Premier League (now it’s become Real Madrid).
And we have never wavered from that.
And Clement, speaking on recruitment, agrees:
“But we are going to work hard to find good players who want to come to Glasgow Rangers. That’s also an important thing. We only want players who come here with all their heart. We don’t want players who are only busy with money.”
‘All their heart’ – says a lot. And the money angle is definitely flush in the Premier League, and Real Madrid for that matter.
In short, any player who starts publicly babbling about ambition to play elsewhere is not for us. And yes, that includes Nico Raskin. He ill-advisely started preaching about his desire to leave Rangers, about his ambition and that we’re just a step in his career.
We don’t want that. We accept players do have ambitions, and desires to make big money, but don’t publicly say it.
It’s not ‘admirable honesty’, it’s extreme arrogance and disdain for the people paying your wage.
And it appears Clement is along Ibrox Noise lines of thinking.
We too want players who want to be here.
Not ones who have one eye elsewhere and aren’t afraid to boast about it.