By Joe Roberts

19th Oct, 2023 | 3:40pm

Peter Martin claims 'biggest' Rangers decision yet to be made amid 'Titanic' Celtic worry

Rangers are yet to make their “biggest decision” on their director of football and their finances, according to Peter Martin.

Speaking on PLZ Soccer’s Football Show (19 October), the pundit claimed that new Ibrox boss Philippe Clement could struggle to succeed at the club amid the need for a new director of football and the need for investment.

Martin was quick to point to Celtic’s relatively “Titanic” transfer budget which would make competing with the Hoops much more difficult.

Martin said: “My reasoning for suggesting that [Clement] might find it difficult even after, I still think the biggest decision is a director of football and investment.

“For all his qualities, for me, he’s up against a top coach (Brendan Rodgers) with a bank balance that could sink the Titanic, and growing, so it’s going to be a tough job.”

Direction needed

Rangers need some genuine direction in their transfer policy for January and beyond after the seeming disaster over the summer.

In their defence, the club have reportedly been seeking a new director of football to take the reigns at Ibrox in the form of Brighton’s Sam Jewell, but the Daily Record claimed (18 October) that these reports were false.

However, changes will need to be made at the top. While chief executive James Bisgrove denied handing Michael Beale too much control on transfers, as reported by Football Scotland (18 October), much of the policy must have been made with the manager’s thoughts in mind.

The challenge of toppling Celtic becomes even harder now so much money has been spent on potential waste. Champions League football, even unsuccessful group stage campaigns, brings plenty of revenue that currently separates the clubs financially.

If the Gers knew they’d have a new man in the dugout just weeks after the season kicked off, the squad would look very different, but Clement is now tasked with getting the best from an underwhelming bunch.

In other Rangers news, Peter Martin claims 12 players may leave Ibrox this summer in a mass Philippe Clement exodus.