Philippe Clement in love with Rangers as he drops major transfer clue but gets honest about one club tradition

Philippe Clement has revealed he loves his new life in Glasgow as Rangers boss compared with his previous job in Monaco…because everyone is “football crazy”.

The Belgian gaffer guided Rangers to the Viaplay Cup trophy at Hampden after a 1-0 win against Aberdeen to lift the first domestic trophy of the season. Clement is unbeaten in 15 games in charge of the Light Blues and his Rangers side will be top of the Premiership table if they can win their two games in hand.

And in an interview in a newspaper in his his hometown of Antwerp, Clement has indicated just how much he is enjoying his new job compared with his old role at Monaco. Clement said: “Every time at Rangers there is a stadium full of people who really support the team. In Monaco, I had a quiet, anonymous life. Everyone in Glasgow is football crazy. I can hardly get out. That always means photos, autographs and talking about football with everyone.

“We went to a restaurant here once and the next day it was in the newspaper. Those are very big differences. And the rain isn’t too bad! Glasgow is very beautiful by the way. My wife is here with me and has already visited beautiful places. We both drove to the Highlands during the international break. It’s fantastic beautiful nature there.

“But it doesn’t have that big of an impact on me. Because in essence, it is only about one thing, both at Monaco and at Rangers – making a team better and thus winning matches. I don’t do this job to take a holiday somewhere. They can put me in Siberia it doesn’t matter. I’m always working, I’m at it seven days a week. But I am happy that my family feels happy here.”

And Clement revealed he’s delighted that he will soon be working with new Ibrox director of football Nils Koppen. But there’s one thing he doesn’t enjoy at Rangers…wearing a suit to every match! He said: “I’m really not concerned with job titles. But I do feel that the club highly values my opinion. We did not take Nils because he is Belgian, but because he made the best impression in the conversations and we had very good references about him.

“What’s more, the only thing that made me doubt it was that he is Belgian. After all, it is absolutely not the intention to turn this into a Belgian colony. I spoke to Thomas Buffel before I came here. I knew it was a big traditional club, but it was even bigger than I thought. You have to experience it to really have an idea of it.


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