Rangers Management Under Pressure to Secure Signings for Silverware Challenge, Says Gary Keown

Football analyst Gary Keown asserted that Rangers’ director of football, John Bennett, and managing director, James Bisgrove, are facing “major” pressure to bolster the squad and position the club as contenders for silverware. Keown emphasized the urgency of securing meaningful signings in the upcoming days, describing them as a “necessity.”

“Make no mistake, they are under major, major pressure now to get this club working properly and challenging for silverware,” wrote Keown. “Meaningful signings in the coming days would be a start. Indeed, they are a necessity.”

Keown acknowledged some changes in the club’s management, including the appointment of recruitment director Nils Koppen and identified improvements in medical and scouting departments. However, he stressed the need for more substantial progress, especially in light of the revamped youth department’s limited contributions to the first team.

“The Gers brought plenty of players to the club last summer when Michael Beale was still in charge, but a fair few of them have struggled to impress so far during their time in Scotland,” Keown noted.

Rangers’ current manager, Philippe Clement, has enjoyed a positive start to his tenure, guiding the team to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 and placing them eight points behind league leaders Celtic with two games in hand. Keown emphasized the significance of providing adequate support to Clement in the transfer market and suggested that the responsibility falls on the shoulders of senior figures like Bennett and Bisgrove.

“Clement has so far proven that he is worth financial backing, and it is up to the senior figures at Ibrox to now deliver that particular backing,” Keown concluded.

As the Scottish club strives to close the gap with Celtic, successful acquisitions in the transfer market could play a pivotal role in Rangers’ quest for silverware this season.