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Clement 'impressed' by Rangers' respect for history

Philippe Clement says the respect for history and cup competitions at Rangers - and in Scottish football - is the strongest he has seen in the game.

The Belgian has already lifted one piece of silverware after winning the League Cup in November, with his side preparing for their last 16 Scottish Cup tie with Ayr United on Saturday.

“What I love about this country and this club that there is a really a lot of respect for the history," he said.

"I’ve been in clubs before where it was also the case but not at the extent that it is here. Also the way of respect towards players, towards managers.

"Scotland really is [a country] and Glasgow really is a city - and outside of Glasgow I’ve seen a few time - that football lives in the veins of everybody.

"I have to say that I didn’t know that before I came and I’m impressed about that. It’s a nice environment to live and to work because it motivates people even more.”

In order to progress to the quarter-finals, the Ibrox side must see off an second-tier Ayr, who have former Celtic captain Scott Brown at the helm.

The Somerset Park boss said earlier in the week he has "a lot of love for Rangers," which Clement thinks will lead to positive interactions between the pair.

“I read that he loves Rangers, so I love all the people that love Rangers," he added. "That can be really good between us also on the sidelines.”

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