Philippe Clement’s Pre-Match Speech Dispels Doubts on Squad Morale

Philippe Clement has opened up about his pre-match speech, dismissing any suggestions that his squad lacked morale.

The Bears secured their place in the Scottish Cup final against Celtic with a convincing win at Hampden Park, a crucial comeback after recent setbacks including a 3-2 loss to Ross County and a goalless draw with Dundee, denting their pursuit of Celtic in the Premiership title race.

Contrary to speculation, Clement insisted that the victory didn’t just repair morale but showcased the team’s resilience. Speaking to STV, the Belgian manager emphasized the importance of morale in their performance:

“If you don’t have the morale, you can’t play that way against Hearts. If you can win the game the way we did, you cannot do that if the morale is not good before the game. It is impossible.”

Clement disclosed his motivating words to the squad before the game, emphasizing the significance of the next match:

“I tell them win the next game. It is the only way, not only here, in every league. Everybody who is busy with more games loses his focus. It is about the next game and to show yourselves. If you don’t win you need to react.”

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The victory over Hearts not only secured Rangers’ spot in the Scottish Cup final but also showcased their determination and unity as a team, silencing any doubts about their morale.