Philippe Clement declared he wants to build a “machine” at Rangers as he prepares for the Europa League clash with Sparta Prague at Ibrox on Thursday night.
The Belgian is unbeaten in five games since taking over as Gers boss from Michael Beale, with the only blip a goalless draw against the Czech side in Prague last month.
Rangers secured a Viaplay Cup final date with Aberdeen courtesy of a “positive” 3-1 victory over Hearts at Hampden Park on Sunday, and Clement is wanting more.
“It is just the start,” said the former Genk, Club Brugge and Monaco boss, who revealed winger Scott right was a “serious doubt” with a muscle injury but striker Kemar Roofe will return to the squad despite being only able to contribute “five or 10 minutes”.
“For me a good team is a team that does it for months.
“And of course there will be one moment where it will be less (a dip) but the next game there is a reaction.
“Of course I am happy with the way things are going but I am not sitting on the sofa and thinking now we can let everything loose and the machine will go.
“I want to create a machine and I think it is possible with this group to create a machine that goes every time but we are not there yet.
“We are in the building period, not just observing. I don’t know everyone really well at the moment in every circumstances.
“I want to see how players react with the first disappointment or play a really good game and the next game they don’t start.
“I seen that in the semi-final. There were players who played a really good game a few games before (against Dundee) and then didn’t play in the semi-final. How is their reaction?
“So I need an observation period for a few weeks, a few months to get the details of everybody and get the best out of everybody.
“Do I need to slap them more or be nice more? It is different for every player.”
After three Group C fixtures, Spanish side Real Betis sit top on six points with Sparta Prague and Rangers on four and Cypriot side Aris Limassol on three.
Clement said: “European nights are always something special, they have always been.
“I love it and I hope it is a really positive atmosphere in the stadium.
“I always want to win and I want a team that always wants to win, if it is against Prague or Real Madrid, it doesn’t matter to me.
“I want a team who is ambitious and wants to win the game, I am not looking for a draw but it can be that at the end of the section that a draw is also important. But we are going for three points.”
Defenders Leon Balogun and Ridvan Yilmaz were not named in Rangers’ European squad and thus drop out.
Midfielder Nicolas Raskin (ankle) and defender John Souttar (muscle problem) remain out but Clement hopes they will return after the international break.