By Matt Farr
Rangers defender Clint Hill could leave Ibrox at the end of the season and return to Queens Park Rangers, according to a report.
The 38-year-old veteran defender is out of contract at Ibrox at the end of the season, and the Daily Record claims that QPR want to bring him back to the Championship – just one year after releasing him on a free transfer.
The English Championship club, for whom Hill spent six years, are looking to offer Hill a pre-contract deal in January.
Rangers boss Mark Warburton has not yet begun talks with Hill over a new contract, but as one of his most consistent and reliable performers in the first-team squad, is said to be reluctant to let him leave.
Talks were due to start with Hill in the January transfer window but these may now be brought forward.
Hill has made 14 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring three goals. Perhaps more importantly, Hill has been part of a Rangers defence that have conceded just 17 league goals this season.
QPR boss Ian Holloway wants to bring that consistency and his vast experience back to Loftus Road to aid in the club’s bid to win promotion back to the Premier League.
The club are currently 12 points off the play-offs in 18th in the league and promotion is looking unlikely this term.
But Holloway is already building his squad ahead of next season, provided their poor form in the league does not push them further in the wrong direction.
The club have lost four in a row since their victory over Norwich on November 19, and have already shipped 30 goals from 21 games.
As for Warburton’s Rangers, they are second in the Scottish Premiership, 11 points behind leaders and Old Firm rivals Celtic having played two more games.
Hill missed the recent victory over Hearts due to suspension, but is expected to return for Rangers’ trip to Hamilton on Friday night.
In other Rangers news, star defender Lee Hodson has made a sensational claim about two of his team-mates.