Philippe Clement stated that he is “not Harry Potter” as he warned Rangers fans not to expect too much too soon against Hibernian on Saturday.
The 49-year-old Belgian took over as boss at Ibrox on Sunday following the departure of Michael Beale and inherited a seven-point gap between the Light Blues and cinch Premiership leaders Celtic.
Jose Cifuentes returned from international duty with Ecuador with a knock and Tom Lawrence and Rabbi Matondo remain out.
Midfielders Ryan Jack and Todd Cantwell are back in the squad although the latter, along with attacker Kemar Roofe, is not fit for 90 minutes. Brazilian striker Danilo, who is recovering from a severe facial injury, is available again.
The former Genk, Club Brugge and Monaco boss referenced Potter, the young wizard from novels written by British author JK Rowling, as he spoke about the visit of Hibs.
“I hope they see a difference but I am not Harry Potter with the magic stick who can change everything suddenly,” said Clement.
“It doesn’t work that way. It is a tough balance coming in during a season and it is not the first time, it was the same at Genk and Monaco.
“When you come in during the season you have to analyse what is good and what can be better and then prioritise the most important things to make better this week and the next week because if I try to do everything at one moment I kill the players.
“So it needs to be step by step. It is about analysing everything, the way I want to implement things.
“It is never perfect from the beginning. That is impossible but I see the good intentions, in staff and with the players, and the international players are now back in the last two days. I am looking forward to the first game and seeing how fast the little seeds we have planted will grow.
“I see a lot of good things here but a lot of things we need to make better and we need to focus on that now and make them better.
“I know a game is different from training, there is another atmosphere and tension so I don’t expect the perfect game tomorrow.
“I expect there will be things that go wrong but how you react at those moments is important and that they are open to learning and make it better and better.”
Stephan van der Heyden was earlier confirmed as Clement’s assistant.
The 54-year-old, who first worked with Clement in 2011 at Club Brugge, was most recently assistant at Kerala Blasters in India and has also coached in Belgium, Macedonia and Jordan.
Van der Heyden told the club’s official website: “I am looking forward to this challenge, it will be a big one but I think it is a great club.
“One of the most beautiful things about football is that you meet different people and different cultures, not only football culture but cultures in general.
“One thing in common is the supporters, they all expect the best from the team. The first impressions are good, I’m sure we can do something here and we can achieve something together.”