By Coral Barry

Rangers are ready to swoop for veteran defender Clint Hill this summer after Joey Barton recommended his former team mate to Mark Warburton, according to a report.

Barton played alongside Hill at QPR and has urged Rangers boss Warburton to sign the 37-year-old after he left Loftus Road when his contract expired this month.

The Sun claim Warburton believes Hill could add some much needed experience to his Rangers side as they look to compete with Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title next season.

In a career spanning 19 years, Hill has made 416 appearances, including 72 games in the Premier League, and worked with the likes of Tony Pulis and Harry Redknapp.

Hill left QPR after six years at the club and Warburton is hopeful the centre-back can have the same kind of impact that former Gers defender David Weir did in 2007.

Weir arrived at the Ibrox just a few months shy of his 37th birthday, but stayed five years at the club, winning eight major trophies including three league titles.

Rangers will have a tough task on their hands to challenge Celtic for the title in their first season back in the top flight, but Warburton has identified Hill as the man to bolster and lead a youthful side.

Hill is now a free agent after managing just 15 appearances for QPR this season and spending the majority of the campaign struggling to make it onto the bench.

In other Rangers news, the Hoops will go head to head with Rangers for the signature of Brendan Rodgers’ former player.