Philippe Clement appoints assistant manager to join him at Rangers

The pair previously won two consecutive titles together in Belgium.

Philippe Clement appoints assistant manager to join him at Rangers SNS Group

Philippe Clement has appointed a new assistant manager to join him at Rangers.

The new boss at Ibrox has confirmed that Stephan Van Der Heyden will be part of his coaching staff.

The pair previously worked together at Belgian side Club Brugge where they won two consecutive league titles.

They will now link up again and will be in the dugout for their first game against Hibernian in Glasgow on Saturday.

As a player Van Der Huyden had spells at Brugge, Roda JC and French Ligue 1 side Lille and won four international caps with Belgium.

He was most recently assistant manager at Indian side Kerala Blasters and has also coached in Macedonia, and Jordan.

Rangers announced the appointment on Friday and say Clement’s full backroom staff will be confirmed in due course.

Van Der Heyden told the club’s official website: “I am looking forward to this challenge, it will be a big one, but I think it is a great club.

“One of the most beautiful things about football is that you meet different people and different cultures, not only football culture, but cultures in general.

“One thing in common is the supporters, they all expect the best from the team. The first impressions are good, I’m sure we can do something here and we can achieve something together.”

Clement said: “I am really happy to have Stephan join me here. We have known each other a long time and he has a lot of experience.

“He is someone who wants to work really hard, he is somebody who is humble, he is really passionate about football, and he is really focused on making players better, so it is a good support.

“For me it is also important to work together with the local staff and with people who know the club, who know the history, who have the passion for the club.

“I don’t want to have this small Belgian island, I want to create one big family together.”

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