When in Monaco Philippe Clement felt a world away but at Ibrox the Belgian manager feels totally at home.

The 49-year-old freely admits he was not fully comfortable with the "bling bling" lifestyle surrounding one of his former clubs.

Instead, the Glasgow goldfish bowl is far more Clement's speed even if microscopic analysis also took some getting used to.

Clement previously had to use alternative tactics to psyche up his players with an average attendance of circa 7,000 in the French league. However, he has quickly grasped it's a completely different matter in Glasgow with huge backing week-in, week-out.

“It’s the opposite world to here and it was the thing I missed in Monaco," said Clement of the synergy with supporters.

“The players missed it too. It was a really difficult job to create this adrenaline in every game when you’re playing in an almost empty stadium.

“It was a different world in that way, so the Rangers fans help me a lot now

“Do I need that as a manager? No, because we still got good results in Monaco.

“But it definitely helps. It means you need to find other things to trigger that adrenaline.

“People will say it’s normal to get adrenaline before an important game of football.

“But when that’s 60 times a year, it’s definitely different. When players are playing several years in that environment? That’s also different.

“So we had to be extremely creative and find ways to stimulate that.

“We had to find individual ways in terms of how players were triggered.

“Was it with music, with words or physical things before a game to stimulate them?

“We had to find a way with everyone.

“It was strange for me but you need to adapt.

“It’s like during the Covid period when we all played without fans, that was strange for all of us.

“It changed things in football, in terms of the statistics with home teams winning much fewer games than before.

“So for sure, it has an influence."

While Clement had his work cut out on occasion in France to ensure complete buy-in from players for every fixture regardless of fan turnout or opposition, he's well aware it's an issue that could never be levelled at his current employers.

“It’s two opposite worlds. I liked my time there," said Clement of his experience in Monaco.

“But I had doubts about going to Monaco because I’m totally not a man of bling bling.

“That’s not really not my style, so I had doubts.

“But it was an interesting project with young talented players and I had to develop them.

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“I worked with the youngest team in Ligue 1, tried to take the club to a higher level and make it more professional.

“That’s what we did so I loved it there.

“But this environment in Glasgow at Rangers is more my cup of tea.

“This is where I like to be. I like the passion and synergy with other people.

“In Monaco, I had to get it purely out of my relationships with players and staff.

“Here, you have it in everything."

Rangers will have an atmosphere close to that of a home match when players and fans descend on Perth this afternoon in the Scottish Premiership.

And Clement is focused on managing the emotions of his players and not dropping his own tactical messaging standards to rely solely on the drive and forward motion contributed to the team from the stands.

“It’s true, Sunday will be like a home game for us.

“But I still do my job before it. It’s not like we go into the game and say: ‘We play like this, the opponents will do this - and the fans will do the rest’.

“That’s not the case. It’s important to guide the players’ emotions which I’ll need to do in the next couple of months.

“Because we’re going to be in a title race and for the fans in our stadium, maybe that’s the first time in a while that’s happened.

“Because the last time (when Rangers won the title) it was in an empty stadium.

“The time before that was more than 10 years ago. So I can imagine that for a part of our support within Ibrox, this will be the first time.

“It’s not going to be an easy road. There will be bumps, disappointments and difficult moments.

“But at that time, that’s when we’ll need the fans even more than when they push as things are going well.

“Those are things which will be really interesting for us in the next few months.”