By Anthony Onifade

19th Oct, 2023 | 11:40am

Journalist moots 'can't refuse' Jack Butland offer could force Philippe Clement into sale to fund 'major' Rangers squad surgery

New Rangers manager Philippe Clement will need to show his seriousness by keeping key players like Jack Butland but a “can’t refuse” offer may force him into a surprise sale, according to Scott Burns.

The Daily Record journalist, writing in his article on (19 October) mooted that should an offer arrive that the Light Blues cannot refuse, it will allow Clement the chance to perform “major surgery” on his squad.

The Sun reported on 14 October that Championship outfit Birmingham City want to make the Ibrox shot-stopper star their first signing under Wayne Rooney following his impressive performances this season following his summer move,

And Burns wrote: “The one successful piece of recruitment has been keeper Jack Butland and he was linked with Birmingham City at the weekend.

“If Clement is serious then he needs to keep hold of his better players unless an offer comes in that he can’t refuse as it allows him to perform major surgery on his squad.”

Butland has a price

Butland has indeed been arguably Rangers’ best signing so far this campaign with some stellar and decisive performance in between the Ibrox sticks and swift interest in his services are of no surprise.

However, the Gers will certainly not want to lose him so quickly with his qualities, mentality and character within the dressing room becoming a vital ingredient should Clement aim to finally turn them into serious title contenders.

No club would want to lose such a crucial performer but unfortunately, every player has his price, especially players at Rangers given the club’s financial need in terms of player recruitment.

Certainly, Rangers will benefit from a healthy profit should Birmingham come in with a stunning offer in January but more crucially, Clement will want to add to his squad in January and there are doubts over whether he’ll be able to do so.

Rangers Review journalist Chris Jack shared on 14 October that chairman John Bennett and the Light Blues board will do all they can to fund Clement’s squad recruitment but the requirement will be to utilise the players at his disposal and those within the academy.

In all fairness, that may not be enough for Clement to properly challenge Celtic so a possible Butland sale isn’t entirely out of the question in January.

However, it would ironically be more costly should they sell rather than keep him, he’s that pivotal.

In other Rangers news, Simon Jordan has slammed the board after appointing Clement.