By Peter Lynch

17th Oct, 2023 | 3:10pm

Rangers fans will love what Philippe Clement said about fierce rivals Celtic as title admission made

New Rangers manager Philippe Clement has a long to-do list after taking over from the recently departed Michael Beale.

The Belgian must consider issues such as player morale, balancing competitions and fan satisfaction over the coming months. But one of his main priorities is undoubtedly closing the gap on fierce rivals Celtic in every possible way.

Brenan Rodgers’s men are currently seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, with the Gers sitting in second place.

The Bhoys have yet to lose in the campaign so far, winning seven of their eight matches and drawing the other. Rangers meanwhile have five wins and three losses to their name, with Clement desperate not to let the gap get any bigger.

It won’t be an easy task, but the former Monaco and Club Bruges boss can decrease that gap with plenty of hard work, and of course a bit of luck.

Rangers supporters will be hoping it is more of the former than the latter, but they can take plenty of confidence from Clement’s thoughts on the Celtic matter.

“Firstly, I want to win everything,” Clement told Sky Sports. “You want to win every competition you play. Secondly, regarding the gap [to Celtic], it’s important we focus on ourselves and important we focus on what we have to do to become better, get more points, play better football, get the fans behind the team and get a better dynamic again.

“It’s important to not look too far ahead about what could happen in six months. It’s about now, the next weeks and the next months. Week by week we need to build the story.”

A rapid start is needed if Clement is to win over the Ibrox faithful, but a certain degree of patience is also required, with the challenge of getting Rangers back on track certainly not being an overnight fix.

There will not be a problem if the boss keeps one eye on Celtic, but focusing on his own players is absolutely the right approach.

In other Rangers news, a BBC Sport journalist has shared a “big” problem that Clement must “tackle” to succeed at Ibrox.