Philippe Clement Remains Upbeat Despite Rangers’ Draw Against Aberdeen

Rangers manager Philippe Clement expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance despite securing only a point away to Aberdeen. He acknowledged the early setback but praised his players for their resilience and dominance throughout the match.

Clement was candid about the challenging start, with Bojan Miovski putting Aberdeen ahead within the first 10 minutes. However, rather than dwelling on the early goal, Clement highlighted the positive response from his squad, emphasizing their “total domination” of the game after the initial setback.

“Our start was not sharp enough, and we lost too many duels in the first 10/15 minutes, and we gave a goal away that wasn’t well defended,” Clement admitted. “But after that, we had total domination of the game.”

Despite facing a deficit and notable pressure from Aberdeen, the Rangers boss commended his team for their performance, particularly the crucial saves made by goalkeeper Jack Butland to prevent further damage. The second half saw a significant turnaround, with Rangers hitting the bar twice through impressive attempts by Tom Lawrence and Leon Balogun.

“We hit the crossbar twice, and we had an xG that was high for an away game,” Clement remarked. “We should have scored more goals, but that is part of football—the factor of luck and a goalkeeper who made some really good saves.”

The turning point came in the dying minutes of the game when James Tavernier converted a penalty, rescuing a draw for Rangers. Despite the disappointment of not securing a win, Clement remained positive, emphasizing the lack of frustration on his part.

“There’s no frustration. There would be frustration if my team didn’t perform today or if they didn’t react,” he told Sky Sports. “It’s not an easy place to go behind, so to get so many chances and come back at the end of the game, you need good resilience and good mentality.”

Clement also downplayed the significance of missing the opportunity to cut the gap with rivals Celtic to six points, stating, “We need to keep pushing, but there’s no team in the world who wins every game.”

“It’s part of football, but the most important thing is the players keep on going and keep repeating without stopping and without disappointment during the game,” he added. “I saw disappointment after the game, and that’s good. It’s fuel for us to raise our levels, but I cannot ask much more than what we gave after the 1-0.”