Glasgow Rangers FC today confirmed the appointment of Philippe Clement as the club’s new men’s first-team manager.
Clement, 49, arrives at Ibrox with a wealth of experience as a player and coach, as well as a track-record of winning league titles.
A winner as a player with KRC Genk and Club Brugge, he was also capped 38 times by Belgium and appeared in all their matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and was part of their Euro 2000 squad.
Clement also has experience of British football after a stint with Coventry City.
His move into management has seen him accumulate major honours – winning the Belgian Pro League three years in a row, firstly with KRC Genk and then twice with Club Brugge from 2019 to 2021.
He has several years of UEFA Champions League Group Stage experience with Club Brugge, including two campaigns which saw his side enter the UEFA Europa League knockout stages.
A spell with AS Monaco followed. After joining the Ligue 1 side ranked ninth in the league, he led them to a top-three finish in his first season in charge.
Clement now arrives in Glasgow to begin a three-and-a-half year contract as the 19th manager of Rangers FC, subject to receipt of a work permit.
Speaking upon his appointment, Clement said, “I am honoured to have been appointed as the new manager of Rangers Football Club and I’d like to thank the board for giving me this opportunity.”
“I am looking forward to meeting with the players in the coming days and to meeting our supporters at next Saturday’s home match with Hibernian, as we set out together to create a successful, winning Rangers.”
Rangers Chairman, John Bennett commented, “I would like to offer my warm congratulations to Philippe as he becomes our 19th manager.”
“His appointment comes at the end of a carefully planned and comprehensive recruitment process. A team led by our CEO James Bisgrove, members of the board, and former Rangers player and manager Graeme Souness, has spent the last 10 days interviewing several high calibre candidates, with those individuals undergoing a rigorous interview and vetting process. We thank all candidates for their interest in the position.”
The new management team will meet the men’s first-team squad for the first time on Monday as a new era begins at Rangers FC.