Philippe Clement Under Fire at Rangers After Transfer Blunders

Rangers manager Philippe Clement finds himself under immense pressure heading into the new season, according to The Scottish Mail’s Gary Keown.

Keown, writing in the May 26th edition (pages 98-99), criticizes Clement’s decision to sign Fabio Silva on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, a move that paled in comparison to Celtic’s acquisition of Adam Idah.

“Brendan Rodgers brought in a scorer, a goals man, in Idah in January to bolster his options,” Keown writes. “Clement went with Silva. That, as it turns out, has made the difference in the end.”

Idah’s late goal in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, the first Old Firm final in 22 years, capped a miserable season for Rangers, despite their League Cup victory.

Keown doesn’t mince words: “It has left the Rangers manager with absolutely no room for error going forward into next season. He’s under serious, serious pressure.”

Clement’s fate appears to hinge on his ability to make significant improvements in the transfer market and close the gap on their bitter rivals, Celtic.