Why Rangers slump in form could be 'blessing in disguise' for Philippe Clement

Rangers boss Philippe Clement
Rangers boss Philippe Clement -Credit:PA

Billy Dodds reckons Rangers' slump in form could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Philippe Clement.

Gers have won just three of their last seven games and damaging results at Ross County and Dundee have put Celtic in the driving seat for title glory. The Ibrox side can still get their hands on the Premiership trophy is they win all of their remaining games - including next week's powderkeg Old Firm clash at Parkhead - and also have a Scottish Cup Final to look forward to.

The fact Rangers are in a position to win a Treble - having already lifted the Viaplay Cup - is something not many fans could have dreamt of before Clement took over from Michael Beale's disastrous reign. But Dodds believes the recent dip in performances could serve as a timely reminder ahead of the summer transfer window.

He told the Scottish Sun: "Maybe it's a blessing in disguise. Look, Clement probably knew what he had and what he didn't have and what he needs to sign in the summer. But maybe the last few weeks have underlined a few things and in the long run that's maybe no bad thing.

"In an ideal world he could have sneaked the title this season and still looked to have a big summer in terms of recruitment. But the last few weeks had shown him what is missing when it comes to mental strength. In Dingwall and in Dundee they didn't seem to say, 'Right, it's not going well today, but let's dig in for the three points'.

"You get that from people who are used to winning things. But he'll definitely be looking to recruit the right types now, first and foremost. Anybody who signs for Rangers has to be a good player, but they have to have the right mentality when it comes to the mental strength that's required."