“No more Goldson” – Rangers manager Philippe Clement must stick with performing stars

“No more Goldson” – Rangers manager Philippe Clement must stick with performing stars
DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers manager Philippe Clement is seen during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Dundee FC and Rangers FC at Dens Park Stadium on April 17, 2024 in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers travel to St Mirren Stadium this Sunday determined to show the modest renaissance against Hearts in the cup last weekend wasn’t a flash in the pan and that the sense of form is back for this weekend.

But, it clearly goes without saying, that restoring the likes of Connor Goldson, Fabio Silva, Tom Lawrence or Scott Wright into the XI or keeping Dujon Sterling wasted at LB is not going to help Rangers’ fans’ belief in Clement, that after making a lot of the needed changes last weekend, he just restores the strugglers.

There is also the John Lundstram issue, which we will get to more in depth in another entry – does he keep him in midfield or finally drop him and put Sterling besides Mohamed Diomande?

The point is Clement got the necessary reaction last weekend by making the necessary changes – they may have been too late to save 56, but they helped restore a little bit of good feeling in fans.

But undoing them would be such a Rangers manager thing to do, and we really hope he doesn’t go down the patch of launching an appalling XI for what is going to be a very tough 90 minutes in Paisley.

St Mirren’s form has collapsed the past five matches, but they have faced 3 of the top four in that time – Killie, Hearts and Celtic, and crumbled to the lot of them.

But the above are generally in better league form than Rangers (Rangers are 8th in the table over the past 5 matches, the above 3 are all top 3) so that doesn’t mean an awful lot.

The point is they will be no mugs and looking to try for the outside chance of securing a European spot, which isn’t impossible from their point of view.

And they’d love to start by getting 3 points this weekend.

It’s up to Philippe Clement to pick the right team that stops that happening.

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