Clint Hill: Rangers fans expectations caused me to struggle at the club
By Harvey Byrne
Summer signing Clint Hill has revealed fans expectations initially caused him to struggle at Rangers.
The 38-year-old centre-back made the switch to Glasgow after his contract expired at Championship club QPR.
He came with years of experience of playing in both the Premier League and England’s second tier, but he has told how Rangers’ fans expectations of winning the Premiership title caused him to struggle in his first few months at the club.
“If I have proved a few people wrong and they have changed their opinions of me then that is brilliant,” told Hill, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I struggled at first. I struggled with the whole expectation of the club and where it was at the time.
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“The club was in the Premiership now and the expectation was to win it.
“I thought it would be a gradual process but, no, the fans wanted to win it and I struggled with that at first.”
Hill has since established himself as a key part of the Rangers defence and is considered by many to be one of the best centre-backs at the club.
He is also one of the few successful incoming transfers made by former boss Mark Warburton last summer and his most recognised contribution to date came with the late equaliser against fierce rivals Celtic at Celtic Park in the 1-1 draw in March.
However, his contract is also set to run out in May and while he has said that he would like to remain at Ibrox, the experienced man has also told that he is unsure of the situation at the club.
“If I could stay I’d like to. I don’t know what the situation is or if there is one.”
“If the opportunity does come then brilliant, if not then I would have enjoyed every minute of this football club — it has been a great honour to play here, it really has.”
Hill has competed in 28 matches for Rangers in all competitions this season and has contributed at the other end of the pitch with six goals.
He has not featured for the club since 1 April due to injury, but he will be keen to return to the side before the campaign’s end.
In other Rangers news, Emerson Hyndman has told how his best Gers experience came at Celtic Park.