Rangers act of defiance shows Philippe Clement is 'losing the plot' as Celtic hero names vital turning point

Philippe Clement -Credit:PA
Philippe Clement -Credit:PA

Celtic hero Frank McAvennie believes the next two weeks will decide whether Philippe Clement will be the first Rangers manager to win a Treble since Alex McLeish in 2003 – or the latest to be shown the door.

Since Gers returned to the Premiership in 2016 they’ve sacked Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Michael Beale. McAvennie reckons the strain of the title race has got to Clement ever since he celebrated the 3-3 draw against the champs at Ibrox last month – even though that result kept Brendan Rodgers’ men at the top.

Ex-striker Macca said: “Him taking his players on a lap of honour after that draw was the first sign of him losing the plot. That was an afternoon where a win would have taken them two points clear with a game in hand so I thought that was a strange response. Pressure is a horrible thing to deal with and there seems to be something wrong with Rangers at the moment. Clement seemed nice and calm when he came in but now he’s biting and snapping at everyone.”

Saturday’s Old Firm derby could decide the title and McAvennie added: “It’s a big game all right. Listen, Clement could still end up winning a Treble if he wins on Saturday then beats Celtic in the Scottish Cup Final two weeks later.

“On the other hand, he hasn’t won against Celtic yet. If he were to lose those next two derbies it would be three defeats and a draw against them on his record. And if Clement gets off to a poor start next season – failing to get into the Champions League and losing the first Old Firm game – he could be gone.”