The Rangers pressure is now real for Philippe Clement

The Rangers pressure is now real for Philippe Clement
Clement giving the big injury updates...

Philippe Clement’s Rangers Honeymoon is well and truly over now.

The Belgian boss is experiencing the pressure at Rangers for the first proper time, and as Barry Ferguson put it:

“Welcome to Rangers boys. You’ll never have experienced expectation and pressure like this at any other club. You probably never will again. So produce the goods and make the most of it because that’s what life at this club is all about.”

And Clement is in the same bracket, and he’s feeling it.

See, the Jupiler Pro League in Belgium is a decent quality division, but anyone who thinks Genk or Brugge are under the same pressure as Rangers (or Celtic) doesn’t have a clue, and that includes Ibrox Noise, who made a brand new error with Philippe Clement as we did with Michael Beale.

See, we backed Beale as new manager all the way, but overlooked the fact that his impressive record at QPR was at a club with a 10th of the pressure of Rangers. He thrived with no expectation there, then crumpled at Ibrox when the heat was truly on.

And with Clement, he’s in the same boat. Thriving in Belgium, while impressive, simply doesn’t prepare for the pressure at Rangers.

Club Brugge or Genk drawing a match isn’t the end of the world, at Rangers it’s like the sky caved in.

And the one club where there is bigger expectation, Monaco, he was fired from – because he just didn’t deliver.

This is not to say the man is a flop, you don’t win 3 titles in a good league if you can’t manage.

But once again another manager is seriously struggling with the pressure at Rangers, the win at all costs mentality, as Barry said so accurately.

Only Rangers men (and women) get it, Rangers men born with the mentality of what it is to be a Rangers dyed-in-the-wool supporter or player or manager.

And it’s not easy.

This is why so many overseas managers struggle – Dick Advocaat had the funds which really helped, but even he crumpled when Martin O’Neill showed up. PLG was a farce who didn’t understand a thing, while England’s Steven Gerrard did get it but took a long time to handle it.

Gio got it, and was horribly treated – the best manager we’d had since Walter. Probably still is quite honestly.

Clement is now learning the REAL pressure at Rangers, something he never dealt with before in his managerial career.

The real Rangers men stand up to be counted at times like this, but at the moment, Clement and his squad are struggling to.

Time will tell if this manager and this squad can rise out of this abyss and thrive with the pressure, or if this is already the beginning of the end of another failed Rangers regime saviour.

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