By Will Butcher

Clint Hill believes a third-placed finish for Rangers this season would be considered a success despite pre-season expectations of a title challenge.

The 54-time Scottish champions currently sit in third, nine points away from second placed Aberdeen and a huge 33 points away from Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Despite claims that Rangers were set to rival Old Firm enemies Celtic for a 55th title, Hill now believes that third place would be a success with the club currently in crisis mode.

“With the current situation the club is in, and the situation it has been in for the last five years, then I think finishing third would be a success, unfortunately,” Hill told talkSPORT.

“This club is built on winning things, and in any other circumstance being third is not a success.

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“But at the moment, where the club is, and the difficulties they have been in, I think getting a European spot would be counted as a success.”

Rangers are currently without a manager after former Brentford boss Warburton departed the club in controversial circumstances, with it still unknown whether he was sacked or resigned.

Hill, 38, is one of 14 new players to join the Gers this season, with a lack of cohesion more than apparent in a number of disjointed performances on the pitch.

Now under the stewardship of caretaker manager Graeme Murty, Rangers have won just once in their last four games coming in the form of a Scottish Cup win against minnows Morton.

Former QPR ace Hill could start in the Gers next outing against St. Johnstone on Wednesday, after recovering from a head injury as they look to get back to winning ways at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, talks have begun as this Premier League club are in hot pursuit of Warburton.

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