By Danny Wright
Clint Hill has confirmed that he will play his final home game for Rangers on Wednesday night.
The 38-year-old enforcer has become a fan favourite at Ibrox but, after helping the Light Blues win 2-1 against Hearts on Saturday, he admitted that he will not be offered a new contract.
Rangers signed Hill last summer after he was released by QPR and he has made 31 appearances for the Scottish club in all competitions, scoring six goals.
“I don’t think I’m getting a contract unfortunately. Whatever happens after this, I don’t know,” said Hill in a video on Rangers’ official Twitter account on Saturday.
“I’ve had a few phone calls which have been interesting but nothing concrete.
“It’s been fabulous, an unbelievable honour for me to play for the club and play for the fans.”
— RangersTV (@RangersTV) May 13, 2017
Rangers welcome Aberdeen to Ibrox on Wednesday and when asked if that game will be his send-off, the experienced centre-back replied: “It’s my last home game. But it’s all about getting the result and I’ll only enjoy it if we get the result.”
Hill was arguably one of the best players on the pitch as Pedro Caixinha’s side earned a narrow victory against Hearts.
Joe Garner and Barrie McKay scored in each half to give Gers their 18th league win of the campaign and also kept alive their narrow hopes of catching up with second-placed Aberdeen.
Hill is likely to be remembered for his last-gasp equaliser against Celtic in the Old Firm derby at Parkhead in March.
His scrambled finish ensured that Rangers did not lose all six of their all-Glasgow derbies on their return to the Scottish Premiership.
Football Insider Verdict
Hill has been outstanding for Gers this season but at 38-years-of-age, he isn’t exactly the future of the club. He’s been a rock in the heart of Rangers’ defence and has made players like Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan seem way off first-team quality. The former QPR man’s experience has been the key but his many spells on the sidelines prove that he cannot be relied upon to give another full season’s worth of football next year. Caixinha will have a bit of funds freed up by Hill’s release and he can look to tempt some younger, more athletic centre-backs into his team.
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