Rangers: BBC pundit predicts Philippe Clement could face Ibrox sack talk within one month

Rangers: BBC pundit predicts Philippe Clement could face Ibrox sack talk within one month

Kenny Miller believes Rangers manager Philippe Clement will be “under pressure” at Ibrox as early as next month if his new side fail to overcome Hearts in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals.

Rangers formally announced Clement as Michael Beale’s successor on Sunday (15 October),

capping a two-week search for a new manager.

The Gers have seven games left before the next international break in a month,

including a meeting against Hearts on November 5 at Hampden Park.
Prior to the official announcement, Miller cautioned that if that match,

or the ensuing final against Aberdeen or Hibernian,

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is lost, the new manager will feel the heat early on.

In his Daily Record column on Sunday (15 October),

BBC Sportsound analyst Miller stated:

“The first job at hand is to win league games – by hook or crook – and then get your hands on that first prize.

“There will be expectations from the start to beat Hearts in the semi-finals and Aberdeen or Hibs in the final.

” “If he doesn’t do that, he’ll feel the pressure.

He’ll need to be ready for that. They’re still in contention for the championship, but that’s it.

“It’s a long way back, but it can be recovered.

With substantial improvements. Anything less means it’s gone.”
Win games.
It seems cruel to suggest that Clement will face criticism from Rangers fans so early in his tenure, but Miller has a point.

This is already a critical phase in the campaign for the Gers,

as they want to remain in contention for three different trophies in the coming weeks.

Nothing is determined in the Scottish Premiership or Europa League just yet,

whereas the cup semi-final against Hearts is very much do-or-die.

Clement would easily win the Scottish League Cup, with the final scheduled for a week before Christmas.

However, defeat to Hearts, Aberdeen, or Hibs in the final will be a shattering blow for the head coach.

The task at hand is simple: win games. That begins with Hibs’ league visit on Saturday (October 21),

which will be the first opportunity for fans to meet their new manager.

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