Philippe Clement Dismisses Speculation of Jack Butland’s Summer Exit: “Not for Sale at Any Price”

Rangers manager Philippe Clement has dismissed speculation linking goalkeeper Jack Butland with a summer exit, insisting the Englishman is “not for sale at any price.”

Butland, who arrived from Crystal Palace last summer, has been a revelation for Rangers, leading the Premiership with 18 clean sheets in 36 appearances. His impressive form has even sparked rumors of a potential return to the England squad for Euro 2024.

While acknowledging the need for a summer squad overhaul, Clement made it clear Butland is not part of the plan to be sold.

“You can only sell players if you are sure you can get better for a lower price,” Clement told the Herald. “But there are also a few players I don’t want to let go for any price. That is a good example, yes,” he added, referring to Butland.

Clement hinted at significant transfer activity in the coming months, fueled by the ambition to dethrone Celtic as champions next season.

“We have been busy with that for months, we know,” he said. “Of course [it will be significant], because we have a lot of contracts ending also. We don’t have unlimited finances, so we need to make the right decisions.”

The Rangers boss acknowledged the tight timeframe for recruitment, with Champions League qualification aspirations adding to the urgency.

“We are going to need to be more creative,” Clement admitted. “We need to do it fast also, because we have decisive games already in August.”

Despite the challenges, Clement expressed confidence in the board and recruitment team’s ability to deliver a successful transfer window.

“Everybody on the board, in recruitment, are very motivated for that. And they are working really hard for that,” he concluded.