Charlie Mulgrew urges Philippe Clement to improve Rangers summer signings
Philippe Clement must get the best out of the Rangers summer signings with a “clear style of play” before January, according to Charlie Mulgrew.
Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscore (18 October), the former Celtic man noted that the Hoops were well ahead of the Gers this season, but a title charge could be mounted in the next few years if Clement can build a squad in his vision.
Mulgrew urged the Belgian to improve Michael Beale’s summer signings if he wants to succeed at Rangers and prove his worth his salt.
Mulgrew said: “Rangers need to see a clear style of play on the pitch. We can see in a couple of windows to bring his players in, there’s potential in the next couple of years to win the league back of Celtic.
“Celtic are miles ahead at the moment. Rangers need a manager now that comes in [with a] clear style of play, everyone sees what they’re trying to do and build on that and get his players in.
“He’s not going to turn over 11, 12 players in January so he needs to get the best of the players that are there. Any manager that’s worth their salt or is going to have a good career at Rangers is going to need to manage the players that are in the building very well.”
If Clement can’t get the new signings to play well before Christmas, then the Gers could have their 20th manager in their history sooner rather than later.
The Belgian has come with enough pedigree to almost guarantee that won’t happen, but getting a tune from the likes of Cyriel Dessers, Sam Lammers and Jose Cifuentes should be priority number one on the training pitch.
Such potential has been wasted in the early weeks of the season under Beale, but on paper, it is understandable why the club brought such players in.
Clement has a reputation for good man management, but so did Beale, so it is impossible to tell from the outside how successful the former Monaco and Club Brugge man will do.
Rangers lacked an identity under Beale, and the Ibrox faithful is perhaps most keen just to see that brought back to the bright side of Glasgow, but as always wins are essential.