Rangers manager Philippe Clement’s Ratings’ Report Card

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Rangers manager Philippe Clement’s Ratings’ Report Card
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 25: Philippe Clement, Manager of Rangers, gestures towards fourth official Steven Mclean during the Scottish Cup Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on May 25, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

When Ibrox Noise did our player ratings scorecard for all Rangers’ squad this season gone, we did get a complaint about the absence of a rating for the manager.

So fair enough, we’ll offer our analysis of boss Philippe Clement.

When he broke into the news as being under consideration, a lot of research showed us this was a serial winner in Belgium, a high-standard league, with two different clubs, three years in a row.

This for us made him the stand out versus Kevin Muscat and Frank Lampard.

And by early December, it couldn’t have gone better – a League Cup in the bag and overhauling Celtic’s 7-point gap. The first real blip was the loss to Celtic, and we let it go as him ‘still learning his trade’. Many fans justified it due to the squad not being his and not having a window yet.

When he did get one, it was Cortes, Silva and Diomande. No defenders.

This was a bit of an alarming sign – that a team with a 32-year old, a 31-year old, a 27-year old, a 35-year-old and another 31-year old (ish) didn’t get any new blood at the back.

And the chance to make the lead greater than two points was squandered in the 3-3, and that for Ibrox Noise was a massive, massive fail.

See, we’ve gone about Walter so much, particularly that epic return in 2007, when he took PLG’s abysmal squad, a mess of a collection of players, and signed Weir, Ehiogu and Thomson in the January window, and instantly became Scotland’s best team, travelling to Parkhead and winning.

With the dross he inherited, the thing fans justify Clement’s ‘fails’ on, he still won. Sure he did not overhaul the title (we were around 20 points behind when he took over), but Rangers, pound-for-pound, were the better team in the second half of that season. With just those three signings (£2M total, on Thomson, Weir and Ehiogu were free).

Clement’s 3 signings, by comparison, had no impact.

And by March, it had completely derailed entirely, as Celtic ran away with an 8-point lead to claim the league.

We’ve seen a lot of Clement to know how we feel about him – he’s a winner, but he’s struggling at Rangers.

As Xavi said recently about Barcelona, it’s a tough unforgiving club to manage, and we recognise Clement has a job on his hands. A very big one.

Rangers were as bad under PLG in late 2006 as they ended up this year under Beale, but while Walter was able to overturn that and remain consistent till the end of the season, Clement let it slip badly.

So now we move onto the summer window, in the hope Clement signs quality – so far we have a kid from Brazil, and seemingly Panama’s Cordoba, not to mention Motherwell’s Liam Kelly. It’s not exactly a massive upgrade on paper is it?

So our overall rating of Clement?

We give him 6. He’s not been a crashing epic fail, he did win the league cup, and at one point we had 56 and a domestic treble in our hands.

But he just wasn’t good enough in the end, not just the players. And his record v Celtic was deplorable.

Rangers need better than 6/10 next season, and 84% of our fellow fans have faith that Clement will be.

We absolutely pray they’re right.

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