Philippe Clement has taken no prisoners by admitting the current state of the Rangers squad isn’t good enough to go forward with, and that he will not be happy if the club doesn’t add further, confirming that agreements were made before he took charge that signings would be coming in during the January window.
Speaking at his midweek presser, the boss stated clearly that he wants transfers, and that he isn’t happy with the current squad. Which, we guess, he shares with most fans.
“No (I wouldn’t be happy with no further signings), because it’s not what we…. the idea of the club (to make no further additions) so we will do the things that we are all aligned on.”
This is about as clear as it gets – and he slipped slightly with the ‘not what we….’ which would probably have continued to ‘agreed on’.
Clement needs new players, and as things stand, what we have just isn’t good enough.
As we’ve said many times, Clement has not polished this turd, he’s just added a bit of shine to it, and he’s managed to get the League Cup in the bag.
But he did stumble v the Dons at Pittodrie and v Celtic at Parkhead, reinforcing the need for better quality players over this window, as well as his own learning from his own errors.
Only Fabio Silva has yet arrived, and thus far he hasn’t exactly settled particularly well or impressed many Rangers fans at all.
There are of course the strong rumours about Mohamed Diomande, which have been confirmed by club partner Rangers Review, but the boss was staying extremely tight-lipped about that, as he usually does.
And with just the Portuguese confirmed through the door, the club is ‘as you were’ before January, which is not what Clement wants at all.
No, he’s made it very clear he needs more bodies in before February, and it’s on the board and recruitment team to make that happen.
Unfortunately, there’s only 6 days left for it to do so.