Philippe Clement may force a number of Rangers out as Chris Jack shares January transfer priorities
Philippe Clement could force out a number of Rangers players in January to make room for new additions after Chris Jack shared an update on their transfer plans.
The Gers spent just under £15m in the summer under Michael Beale but will be keen to add to their squad again in January after a mixed start to the campaign that saw the Englishman sacked and Clement undergo a stark renaissance at Ibrox in so little time.
And according to Rangers Review journalist Chris Jack, writing on 20 November, the Gers are planning to prioritise a move for a right-sided forward and central striker.
Jack wrote: “A right-sided forward and a central striker seem like priority positions that need to be filled for Rangers, despite the sums that were spent to add options from middle to front over the summer.
“A direct, pacey attacker that carries a goal threat – one that mirrors the attributes of Abdallah Sima on the other flank – would give the side more balance and more natural width.
“Through the middle, Rangers need a regular source of goals to provide back-up to Danilo, especially given that Cyriel Dessers and Kemar Roofe cannot be relied upon for form or fitness respectively.”
After a period of upheaval and uncertainty during the latter days of Beale’s reign at Ibrox, Clement must be handed a ton of credit for getting everybody with the Rangers camp in line and on song again.
In his seven matches in charge so far, the Belgian has picked up six wins and one draw pointing to a stark renaissance at the club in so little time.
However, that doesn’t mean Clement won’t have one eye on the transfer window and the chance to build this squad into his image, despite the terrific start under his stewardship.
From now until the January transfer window reopens, every Rangers player will be hoping to impress the Belgian and ensure they have a future under his management.
While some Ibrox players will be hoping to impress, a number of players will be on notice for their immediate futures.
There are no guarantees Clement will be handed the funds to sign the players he wants in January [Chris Jack, 14 October] which means he may look to force out a number of stars to fund his brand-new revolution.
Players on the fringes such as goalkeepers Robby McCrorie and Jon McLaughlin, John Souttar, Dujon Sterling who’s now a forgotten commodity already since his summer move, Scott Wright, Kemar Roofe and several others, Clement will feel the club can certainly listen to offers for.
Other than Danilo and Sima, the rest of Rangers’ attacking signings this summer have flattered to deceive in the early stages of the season, with the likes of Sam Lammers and Dessers struggling to consistently contribute in the final third.
The right-wing position has proven to be a difficult role to fill for both Clement and Beale, with Todd Cantwell and Ross McCausland the latest two players to be deployed out wide as the Belgian looks to strike a balance with his side.
The attack isn’t the only position in need of addressing but the midfield and centre of defence too, but for that to happen, several Rangers players will have to walk. January could well be another pivotal month for the immediate future at Ibrox – a defining one for the rest of the campaign.