By Harry Sykes
Defender Clint Hill is on the verge of ending his search for a new club by joining Carlisle after leaving Ibrox in the summer.
The English League Two side have revealed they are in negotiations with the free agent, 38, over a deal after he impressed while on trial.
Hill, who turns 39 next month, scored for Carlisle reserves in a game this week and is set for further talks with the club’s manager Keith Curle over a contract.
The pair know each other well from their days at QPR, where Hill spent six years and Curle was on the coaching staff.
Carlisle assistant manager Lee Dykes admitted the experienced centre-back has impressed and could join up agains with Curle.
“We like Clint, he knows what we’re about a little bit more as well, and it’s for him and the manager to take forward now,” explained Dykes, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He was in training as well and is still fit as a fiddle. He played very well and grabbed himself a goal.
“We keep talking. As training days run by, it’s pointless not having him in training with us.
“Clint loves football and just needs to have a little think about what he wants to do, as does the manager.
“I’m sure if there’s a connection there to be made, we’ll make it.”
It has been reported elsewhere that Hill had already trained with QPR and Chesterfield over the summer, but he was not offered a contract by either of the two sides.
The veteran is remembered fondly by Rangers fans for his single season at the club in which he made 31 appearances and scored an impressive six goals.
The most memorable of these came when he struck a late equaliser in the Light Blues’ 1-1 draw against rivals Celtic at Parkhead.
However, manager Pedro Caixinha opted not to offer him an extension to his original one-year contract and he was released when his contract expired at the end of June.
Rangers signed two new centre-backs in the summer, with all-Portugese duo Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso immediately installed as first choices.
Both have started all six of the team’s league fixtures this season.
In other Rangers transfer news, a 26-year-old in the form of his life has revealed he was offered a number of deals to quit Ibrox this summer.