By Joe Roberts

17th Oct, 2023 | 8:10pm

Philippe Clement told to sell Rangers players as financial concern emerges at Ibrox

Philippe Clement needs to sell “certain players” at Rangers who are not good enough for the club, according to Alan Rough.

Speaking on PLZ Soccer’s Football Show (16 October), the former Celtic man feared that selling these assets could prove a challenge for the new boss after their underwhelming and subpar start to the new campaign.

Rough pointed to Celtic’s success at remaining shrewd in the transfer market which has left the Gers a “wee bit behind” Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Rough said: “We all realise that there are certain players at Rangers that shouldn’t be in the team. [Clement has] got to move them on.

“How easy that will be to move them on [is unknown], but it’s the money side of it. Celtic keep splashing that cash that they’ve got and bring in better players. Rangers always seem to be that wee bit behind.”

Playing catch up

Rangers will feel more than a few steps behind Celtic at the moment, but hopefully, the new Clement era at Ibrox can bring success to the right side of Glasgow.

Rough is keen for many Rangers players to exit the club and seemingly gives them little chance of improvement under the new boss, but the club will have a tough time making a profit from many of these assets.

The new signings will more than likely remain at Ibrox. The club will remain hopeful that the best is yet to be seen from the likes of Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers, but their futures will depend on if Clement rates them or if they can impress him in training.

Almost every Rangers player could face the chop as very few have cemented their positions in the starting lineup. Jack Butland will be a safe bet to remain in the net, but the attacking options could face new roles once Clement’s changes are implemented.

Few would expect Rangers to get near Celtic this season. The League Cup could offer the Gers a silver lining to a poor campaign, but if significant improvement and a maximising of players is seen under the Belgian, then the Ibrox faithful may have hope of contending next season.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has shared the “biggest problem” facing Clement already at Ibrox.