Rangers looking to add to squad in January but no wholesale changes

Clement says reshaping the squad in January can be difficult.

Rangers will be looking to add to their squad in January but the manager insists that there will be no wholesale changes.

Philippe Clement spoke to the media on Tuesday ahead of the club’s AGM being held at New Edminston House at Ibrox.

The Belgian, who is preparing his team to take on Hearts at Tynecastle on Wednesday, says there will be new faces identified for the second-half of the season.

Previous manager Michael Beale overseen a summer revamp of the club with nine new faces brought on with several others, including Alfredo Morelos, Scott Arfield and Ryan Kent, departing.

But despite the success of some of the new faces such as Jack Butland and Danilo, others have failed to hit the ground running as Rangers fell eight points behind league leaders Celtic.

A poor run of form early in the season led to Beale losing his job with many fans already beginning to lose patience with some of the summer recruits.

But Clement, who remains undefeated after ten games at the helm, told fans not to expect a major revamp of the squad when the window reopens.

He said: “Reshaping the squad in January is much more difficult than reshaping it in the summer, that is a reality in football for every club, so I am realistic about that.

“It is the idea to do some things in January, but it will not be a lot of things so it needs to be the right things.

“I have had no conversations with any players regarding outgoings yet, because first we need to fully assess that.

“It’s not good, it’s not honest and it’s not fair to do that in six weeks, it’s a really short time that we’ve had to make decisions like that so until January and throughout January players will have the chance to prove that they are the right men for the club, and the right men for their position.

“So it’s still an open battle to show themselves.

“The training camp in January will also be a time for a lot of hard work, and a lot of individual talks and as a team.”

Clement is expecting a tough game at Tynecastle as he comes up against Hearts for the third time already in his short time in Scotland.

He said: “It will be big challenge, my third time against the same opponent. We had to be on our toes to beat them in the previous two games.

“They are a good team with good organisation and good attacking players, they will be super motivated also.

“They have a manager who has history with Rangers so he will be motivated to get the result.”

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