By Peter Lynch

19th Oct, 2023 | 10:10am

Philippe Clement predicted to face ‘tricky business’ at Rangers amid Ibrox ‘mess’

Fixing the “mess” at Rangers is going to be difficult for Philippe Clement, according to Daily Record journalist Andrew Newport.

The 49-year-old has been appointed as the club’s new manager, taking over from the recently sacked Michael Beale.

The Gers currently sit second in the Scottish Premiership table after eight matches, seven points behind Glasgow rivals Celtic.

“Michael Beale’s credit line with the fans ran out after a string of disastrous results which mean Gers now find themselves seven points in arrears to Celtic and fearing another Premiership campaign gone bust,” Newport wrote for the Daily Record.

“And the squad the Londoner re-constructed this summer is also now facing final demand letters too, with patience in the stands for players old and new running thin. Fixing this mess is going to be a tricky business for new boss Clement.”

Huge task

As is the case for any new manager arriving at Rangers, and indeed their fierce rivals Celtic, a huge task lies ahead. Clement is inheriting a team from Beale short on confidence after a handful of disappointing results so far this season.

But the new man in the dugout will not for one second be thinking about the past, with the here and now all that matters to the former Monaco and Club Bruges manager.

He has plenty of experience in high-pressure roles, but perhaps his previous jobs will not come close to his new one in terms of what is at stake, particularly from day one.

It seems at this stage that all is rosy with his appointment and he will be handed time to make things right, but as history suggests, time is of the essence at Ibrox. Get it right and he will be a hero, but get it wrong and he will undoubtedly suffer the same fate as his predecessor.

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