Philippe Clement Has Winger Free Agent Option for Rangers

Philippe Clement has adopted a strategic approach since his arrival at Rangers, refraining from singling out individuals for praise or criticism. The Belgian manager emphasizes collective effort, believing it is the key to success.

Amidst the intensifying search for quality players, particularly during this transfer window, Clement is considering signing a free agent with a diverse and extensive footballing background. This potential recruit possesses experience in Ligue 1, the Eredivisie, the Premier League, and has represented the Netherlands internationally.

One persistent issue since Steven Gerrard’s tenure has been the right-wing position. Despite multiple player rotations, only Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo have consistently contributed to this position. With the departure of Gerrard, the need for reinforcement has become more pressing, with Scott Wright and Ross McCausland currently the only options available.

While Todd Cantwell has been utilized in the role, Clement may explore different tactical approaches. One possibility is employing Cantwell similarly to Aribo and Hagi—cutting inside to create space for James Tavernier on the outside and overloading in a more central area.

To address this need, Clement could potentially turn to the free-agent market. One intriguing prospect is Anwar El Ghazi, who was part of the PSV Eindhoven squad that eliminated Rangers from the Champions League earlier in the season. El Ghazi currently finds himself without a club following a controversial end to his stint at Mainz, where his contract was terminated after his refusal to retract statements about the Israel/Palestine conflict. The 28-year-old, previously linked with a move to Manchester United, apologized for his initial statement but has since reiterated his stance on social media.

Despite the controversy surrounding El Ghazi, his footballing talent is undeniable. In a profession where individuals have the right to express their opinions as long as they are not offensive and are communicated constructively, Clement may consider taking a bold step to offer him a chance at Rangers. The club’s inclusive policy of “Everyone, Anyone” encourages diversity and could provide the perfect platform for El Ghazi to showcase his talent.

While potential challenges exist, Philippe Clement may need to summon the courage to take this risk. With Rangers’ commitment to inclusivity, it could be a move that aligns with the club’s values and ambitions.