£25M? Clement ensures PL sides must dig deep for Rangers’ Jack Butland

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£25M? Clement ensures PL sides must dig deep for Rangers’ Jack Butland
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland in action during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on April 07, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The simple fact is Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland is massively vulnerable to sale this summer, all Rangers fans know this, he is the club asset player and manager Philippe Clement knows this only too well, and has cannily put a massive price tag on him by saying he’s not for sale at any price.

Rangers’ boss is well aware all players have a price, and he even said that, but by saying Butland isn’t for sale, is an exception, he’s now ensured any courting Premier League side will have to dig VERY deep for his signature to persuade a change of heart.

He said:

“But you can only sell players if you are sure you can get better for a lower price. You can then use the extra money that you have for different positions. That can maybe be a decision. But there are also a few players I don’t want to let go for any price. Like Jack Butland? That is a good example, yes. I think that’s a very important thing for this club.”

Ever since the Celtic loss, Clement is starting to get a bit better in the press – reducing is the delusional nonsense which was making him sound like Pedro 2.0 and speaking more real, and more honest.

This is much better, much more wise – he knows absolutely that offers will come in for one of Britain’s highest-stock goalkeepers, but Rangers wouldn’t be interested in a bean less than £20M, and might even only entertain offers which break the Scottish record, which still sits at £25M for Kieran Tierney.

By saying he’s not for sale, he’s inviting Premier League clubs with big wallets to make some gigantic bid, as opposed to the nonsense of Forest’s £5M attempt in January.

Of course, there’s also the lack of need to sell him, and let’s be clear – Clement isn’t lying by saying he doesn’t want to lose Butland, none of us do, but if he is to be sold, it has to be for a whopping number.

And Clement has now more or less ensured he either stays, or is sold for a massive cheque.

Fair play.

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