By James Black
Rangers fan favourite Clint Hill has admitted his Ibrox move came out of the blue – admitting that he “never thought” he would get the chance to play for such a big club.
Hill joined the Light Blues in 2016 from Queen’s Park Rangers and quickly won over the Ibrox support with his no-nonsense defending in a team notorious for giving away cheap goals.
The central defender played 32 times in his solitary season with the Gers but still managed to play under three different managers in Mark Warburton, Graeme Murty and Pedro Caixinha.
In a disappointing first season back in the top-flight, Rangers were a disappointment – struggling to third-place – with Hill one of few players to emerge with an credit from fans.
The defender admitted he was surprised to win such a big move so late in his career but called it a “brilliant” experience.
“I never thought I would get the chance and for it to happen at that age was a bit out of the blue,” Hill said, as quoted by The Herald website.
“If I was 28 I would have loved it, I really would have.
“What a club to play for.
“The experiences that I had there, the highlights of playing in front of those fans, with all the expectation and pressure that comes with it, it was an eye-opener.
“It was absolutely brilliant. It was a bit of a transitional period coming back into the Premiership but in terms of personal experiences it was absolutely amazing, it really was.”
Hill left Ibrox as part of Caixinha’s summer rebuild and was on trial with QPR before agreeing a short-term deal with Carlisle United.
Many fans were disappointed to see the 38-year-old leave the Gers and believed that the Englishman had something to offer Caixinha’s side this term.
The veteran defender scored in the 1-1 draw with Celtic at Parkhead in March – and revealed that grabbing a goal in such a huge fixture was a career highlight, adding: “It was a special moment obviously, we were losing 1-0 and were in the lion’s den there, there was a lot of noise and animosity towards us.
“So to go and put a smile on the Rangers’ fans faces was brilliant and one of the highlights of my career to score in such a game like that.”
Next up for Rangers is Motherwell in Sunday’s Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden.
The Gers haven’t lifted a major trophy since 2011 and a win over the Steelmen would leave them 90 minutes away from success.
In other Rangers transfer news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.