By James Murray

19th Oct, 2023 | 12:10pm

Jim Duffy speculates new Rangers arrival at Ibrox amid 'talk' he's heard

Jim Duffy has speculated that there could be a new arrival at Rangers following the appointment of Philippe Clement at Ibrox.

Speaking on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard on Wednesday (18 October), the pundit said there is “talk” about bringing someone in who knows the club and the demands it takes to be the Gers manager.

He added that the Belgian isn’t going to be aware of the rivalry with other clubs apart from Celtic, so it’s “going to take him time” to get up to speed with matters.

“Getting his backroom staff, there’s talk about bringing someone in who knows Rangers, knows what it means and the demands of being the Rangers manager at the club,” said Duffy.

“For him personally, it’s going to take him time. He doesn’t know how it is to go to Tynecastle, Pittrodrie, he doesn’t know the rivalry.

“He’ll know the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic of course, but he doesn’t know the intensity other clubs bring to the games as well, particularly away from home.”

Makes sense

It could be a good idea to get someone in who knows the club to help Clement get to grips with matters quickly and ensure he gets off to a good start.

Having someone in the coaching staff who understands the league and how other clubs operate could also be helpful when setting his team up against sides that are likely to sit in more than he’s experienced before.

But it’s up to the Belgian to work this out for himself because he needs to be able to work with the people around him and be able to trust their opinions.

He will be fully aware that it is going to be a big job, though, after taking over from Michael Beale on the back of a disappointing start to the season.

The new manager has been working with the players over the past couple of days and he will be hoping to secure a victory against Hibernian on Saturday (21 October) to ease some of the early pressure.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has shared an “absolutely massive” opportunity for Clement at Ibrox.