Philippe Clement Warns Rangers Will Unleash ‘Extra Powers’ With Injuries Update

Philippe Clement remains steadfast in his belief that the winter training camp will equip his team with “extra powers,” even if those weren’t immediately apparent on the field.

Clement had forewarned his players about the physical challenges they would face during the training camp in Spain, and the subsequent match against the German side provided the manager with a glimpse into how his players handled the demands of competition amid fatigue.

Despite the one-goal loss to Hertha Berlin, Clement is unperturbed and draws encouragement from the overall experience, foreseeing positive outcomes in the title race for the remainder of the season.

“We saw good things on a pitch that was not the best. We tried to play with a good tempo on a pitch that also wasn’t the biggest, to create space against a team that didn’t want the ball and waited for transitions,” remarked Clement. “I see the good intentions with a lot of players and I saw the effort, which is what we need for the moment.”

He emphasized that the hard work will persist as Rangers prepare for Scottish Cup action against Dumbarton, expressing confidence that the benefits of the training camp will manifest in the coming weeks.

“They will have the profit of that in the next couple of weeks because the players are going to go really deep this week and in the week to come. But it will give them extra powers for the next couple of months,” Clement affirmed.

However, the manager faces uncertainties regarding the availability of key players, particularly the strike duo Danilo and Kemar Roofe. Clement admitted, “Danilo and Kemar are not here. So it’s clear they won’t be available for the next couple of weeks, otherwise, they would be here.”

As for Ryan Jack, Borna Barisic, and Tom Lawrence, who sat out the friendly, Clement acknowledged their absence but expressed optimism about their return from injuries. He explained, “We’re not yet with the full squad ready for the moment. We know that but we’re going to work hard the next few weeks to get more and more players available.”