Philippe Clement rips into Rangers board & ‘crazy’ contract situation

Philippe Clement rips into Rangers board & ‘crazy’ contract situation
Clement at his pre-Dumbarton presser....

Philippe Clement has absolutely slaughtered Rangers’ contract model as ‘crazy’ after elaborating how the club could potentially lose millions of pounds of talent this summer if the five or six players out of contract don’t extend.

Speaking pre-Dumbarton, Clement bemoaned the utterly appalling system where this number of players could leave for free this summer, slamming the club for letting it get to this point.

He said:

“We have our plan and I feel that everybody is aligned, that the club really wants to make an effort to do things inside of the budget. This season to have five players out of contract is a crazy situation because you throw away money. They have no value any more if the contract is ended.”

Indeed. Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Filip Helander were three clear lucrative assets who left for free while having a-then market value of around £25M minimum combined.

He went on:

“I know that we are not the most wealthy club in the world. We want to get transfers in that can have an impact now but also can have added value for the next couple of years on the field and selling them for bigger amounts. If you look at the last couple of years, this is one thing that the club has missed. They didn’t have big outgoing transfers and because of that, not getting money in to do other things. That is one of the targets, strange as it is for a manager to talk about that but I want to help in that way so the club can grow in every sense. I would prefer to buy Fabio but he was too expensive, that is why it is a loan now.”

Got that right mate! Rangers’ trading model has been a shambles since promotion, since ‘back to the real time’, which is now eight years ago and counting.

Celtic strode light years ahead selling multiple players for huge money, and now have all kinds of accounting profits and good financials.

Rangers, by the other foot, basically have little-to-no money and only make it worse with business like this.

As things stand, the market values on the owned players out of contract (estimated) are:

Ryan Jack: £3M
Kemar Roofe: £3M
Borna Barisic: £6M
John Lundstram: £7M
Leon Balogun: ~ nil
Jon McLaughlin: ~ nil

That’s approaching £20M of footballer that Rangers are vulnerable to losing for nothing.

The trading model is diabolical and appears to have no proper foresight in it.

And Clement is probably not the first to have a right go at it.


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