The Rangers box yet to be ticked by Philippe Clement that 'concerns' Terry Butcher

Rangers boss Philippe Clement
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Four games. Three defeats. One draw. Zero wins.

It's a damning statistic that Philippe Clement will be desperate to rectify next season as he chases his first win against Celtic. The Belgian has yet to get the better of derby specialist Brendan Rodgers since taking over from Michael Beale and it proved costly as the Hoops stormed to league and Scottish Cup glory at the end of last season.

It's still early days for Clement at Ibrox but the reality is no manager survives in Glasgow if they can't beat the other half of the city. Clement will understand that as he embarks on a summer revamp and attempts to build a team of winners who can wrestle the title back from Parkhead.

Rangers legend Terry Butcher knows exactly what it takes to win trophies having skippered the club to three league titles and two League Cups. And the former England captain insists it's crucial that Clement gets the Old Firm monkey off his back if he's to be a success in Govan.

In an exclusive interview with Football Scotland, courtesy of Free Bets, he said: "Yeah, that stat does concern me because, in effect, the season does hinge on beating the other half of the Old Firm. I know that some fans would say: 'We'll lose to Celtic four times as long as we still win the league'. That's 12 points, that's a lot to really claw back and Celtic aren't going to drop that many points anyway.

"You've got to beat Celtic at some stage to try and get the upper hand from a confidence point of view and also from a points point of view. You've got to win these games. One or two have been pretty close, but that doesn't matter. You've got to win. He'll change the perspective of the Celtic games. They'll become even bigger games than they are.

"It's about trying to instill that mentality and belief into the Rangers players that they can beat Celtic. Once they do it and get that first win, then that gives a lot more confidence and blows history away. You're now creating your own history and Rangers have got to get to the stage where they can do that. That needs good signings and Clement getting his beliefs and philosophy out there with the players even more and making sure that they know exactly what they have to do."

A campaign that promised so much, in the end, delivered very little for Rangers as dreams of a Treble evaporated following a collapse of form during the business end of the season. It's a script that the Ibrox faithful have become all too familiar with in recent years and Butcher admits Clement can't afford to repeat the mistakes of his predecessors if Rangers are to end Celtic's stranglehold of Scottish football.

"They flattered to deceive last year", Butcher admitted. "They got to a really good position late on in the season and then a couple of defeats and poor performances just kiboshed that. Celtic are obviously relentless, they've been over the course before and they knew how to win and get there in the end. Brendan is a very experienced man and he got them there.

"It is disappointing especially when you reached that level to really challenge them and put them under a little bit of pressure, but not enough. Rangers have to do that a lot more next season. It's his first full season in charge next year so we'll see. It's still early days when it comes to signings. Traditionally, the hard work doesn't really start until July.

"It's important to get players into the system that Clement wants. I quite like him, I think he's down to earth and honest, he talks a good game and obviously the players like him as well. You're always judged by your signings and who you bring to the football club and obviously that's why a few Rangers managers have left, because the signings they've produced weren't good enough to challenge Celtic. That's your yardstick. Rangers have got to beat Celtic, they've got to finish above them in the league and beat them in Cup finals. That's what Rangers fans demand."