By James Murray

17th Oct, 2023 | 9:10pm

Chris Sutton shares 'absolutely massive' Philippe Clement opportunity amid Rangers appointment

Chris Sutton believes Philippe Clement has an opportunity to get the Rangers fans onside by winning the Viaplay Cup this season.

Speaking on the BBC’s The Monday Night Club on 16 October (44:03), the pundit noted the importance of Celtic no longer being in the competition, with the Gers facing Hearts in the semi-finals on 5 November at Hampden Park.

He added that the game against the Edinburgh side “isn’t a gimme” but that it would be “absolutely massive” for the Belgian if he could win the trophy because it would get the fans right behind him at Ibrox.

“What’s going to be massive is the League Cup,” said Sutton. “He has the chance of winning the League Cup, which Celtic aren’t in it.

“There are some tough teams left in it. They’ve got Hearts, which certainly isn’t a gimme but that would be absolutely massive for him in terms of the support getting right behind him and really believing in him.”

Got to win it

It is an incredible opportunity for Clement to claim his first piece of silverware at Rangers, with the club already through to the semi-finals and Celtic being knocked out by Kilmarnock in the earlier rounds.

It could potentially be a tricky game against Hearts, but it’s one the Gers would be expecting to go and win to put them in with the chance of lifting the Viaplay Cup for the first time since 2011.

It will be a difficult challenge to try and claw back the seven-point deficit on Celtic in the SPFL, so this could well be the Light Blues’ best opportunity to win something this season.

While Sutton is right that it would help get the fans onboard and fully behind him, it would also provide the players with some confidence going into the rest of the campaign.

The new boss at Ibrox will be hoping to get off to a good start and pick up a few victories over the next few weeks in preparation for the clash at Hampden Park.

In other Rangers news, the club are looking to appoint a “starfinder” to spearhead their recruitment.