Rangers have announced the appointment of Philippe Clement as their new manager.

Clement, 49, was out of work after leaving Monaco earlier this year.

He succeeds Michael Beale, who was sacked after his side lost three of their first seven league games of the season.

Upon being unveiled as the club’s new boss, 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.”

Gers chairman John Bennett said that the Belgian was the outstanding pick from a “carefully planned and comprehensive recruitment process”.

He said: “I would like to offer my warm congratulations to Philippe as he becomes our 19th manager.

“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.

“Philippe proved to be the outstanding candidate across all the key criteria, reinforced by his track record of winning titles and I wish him every success as he leads us forward.”

Clement’s first game in charge will be against Hibernian at Ibrox on Saturday before a trip to Sparta Prague in the Europa League the following Thursday.

His first clash with arch-rivals Celtic is due to be played on Saturday, December 30.


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