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Philippe Clement 'worked wonders' at Rangers as ex Ibrox star delivers brutal Michael Beale prediction

Derek Ferguson has launched a defence of Philippe Clement, insisting he has "worked wonders" for Rangers.

Gers' season ended in disappointed after the league form faltered towards the end, allowing Celtic to steal a march and lift the title. That was then followed by the Scottish Cup final where the Hoops were once again successful, with Gers falling short despite putting up a good fight.

It's a far cry from when Michael Beale was in charge as his side dropped points in three games early on before he was sacked and replaced by the Belgian. Clement steered the team to a long unbeaten run and took them from seven points behind to taking the top spot for a spell.

Dropping points to Ross County, Dundee and Motherwell cancelled that out and allowed Brendan Rodgers' side back in, and they never looked back. As a result, former Ibrox striker Kevin Kyle reckons it has to be chalked up as a disappointing season.

Speaking on the Open Goal podcast, he said: “I think they will be disappointed with their season considering the position they got themselves in after the 3-3 draw at home to Celtic. If they had taken that game to Celtic at Ibrox and won that game then they would have been clear with one Old Firm game to go. Then Celtic would have been relying on Rangers to drop points.”

But Ferguson disagreed and, judging it on since Clement came in, insists he has done a great job. And in the end, the ultimate failures were down to the players.

“I’m speaking as a Rangers fan here," he said. "They were an absolute shambles. But what happened later was that the players got themselves into a position where they had an opportunity to win it and mentally they weren’t strong enough. They couldn’t handle it. That’s nothing to do with Philippe Clement.

“He worked wonders with that group of players at times because if Michael Beale had stayed they would have finished fourth or fifth. What he achieved with that group - in terms of injuries and mentality - was unbelievable."