Clement plots Belgium raid as Rangers lay groundwork for January signing

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

28th Nov, 2023 | 1:00pm

Sources: Clement plots Belgium raid as Rangers lay groundwork for January signing

Philippe Clement is planning to use his Belgian connections to seal the right January signings for Rangers, sources have told Football Insider.

Football Insider revealed on Monday (27 November) that Clement is keen to add a new left-back and striker in the new year.

However, it is believed the Belgian will not be handed a huge budget in the mid-season window and will thus need to be savvy with his additions.

It is believed he will draw on his immense knowledge of his homeland to put his own stamp on the Rangers side, as he looks to bring in new signings, after voicing his displeasure at the current state of affairs.

He has recently revealed he is unsatisfied with the “balance” of his squad – feeling he has too many players in some positions and not enough in other areas.

That is despite former boss Michael Beale undergoing a sweeping overhaul in the most recent summer window.

The Englishman brought no fewer than eight permanent and loan signings to Ibrox earlier this year but was sacked last month after a poor run of results.

Clement has made a good start since his appointment in October and is yet to suffer his first defeat as Rangers boss.

He spent a huge portion of his early management career in his native Belgium, tasting league success with Genk and Club Brugge.

The 49-year-old also took charge of SK Beveren – and managed Ligue 1 giants Monaco in his last job before taking the Ibrox role.

Clement also enjoyed a successful playing career in Belgium and racked up 38 caps for his country between 1998 and 2007.

Rangers sit eight points adrift of league leaders Celtic despite their recent unbeaten streak.

Clement has the chance to lift his first trophy at Ibrox on 17 December when the Gers face Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup final.

In other news, big news on Ianis Hagi returning to Rangers.