Philippe Clement Praises Player Performance

PHILIPPE CLEMENT praised his players after they enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Livingston following Thursday night's Europa League win over Sparta Prague at Ibrox.

Goals from Cyriel Dessers and captain James Tavernier secured three valuable Scottish Premiership points for the Light Blues at the Tony Macaroni Arena this afternoon and the manager was delighted with the dominant display.

Speaking post-match, he said: "It as a mature performance and it's tricky to play on a synthetic pitch.

"Also, it was a 12 o'clock kick-off after a European success so these are all things that are tricky for the squad and the state of mind of the players as they can be less sharp. 

"So I'm really happy with the team that they showed the right mentality because all of the game we were dominant and we didn’t give away anything - and we could have scored more goals than the two.

"For me it is not about starting eleven, it's about the squad. We are going to need the squad after the international break.

"We will have 12 games in 38 days so it's going to be a really busy schedule and we will need everyone at their best level. 

"Everybody also needs to understand how to run, when to run and what to do with the ball and without the ball and having these connections together. 

"We can only do it with a lot of training sessions but also to get experience from the games."

Clement was quick to praise 20-year-old Ross McCausland, who impressed on his first senior start for the club and had a first-half goal disallowed. He added: "He's still a young lad but with the right mentality. 

"He works hard in training and is very focused, and I'm also a manager who gives chances to young players if they show the right things in training and I'll pick the right moments to put them on or bring them in.

"But all these things are positive. You see players who didn't start on Thursday who are important today, and others who were important on Thursday came in with the right energy, so we are building a good team and that's a very important thing for me. 

"I want to see a team, a dressing room, where I don't see a difference with who is starting and who is not starting, but that everybody counts on each other and we are a real team on and off the pitch."

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