Clint Hill shares why he is anxious after Rangers appoint Pedro Caixinha
By Alex Stevens
Clint Hill has revealed he is “anxious” to meet new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha and make a big impression.
The veteran defender, 38, is out of contract in the summer when his year-long deal comes to an end.
But Hill demonstrated his importance to the team with an outstanding display as Rangers restored some pride with a 1-1 draw at Celtic on Sunday at Parkhead.
The centre-half epitomised the resilience of his team with a no-holds-barred defensive display and showed immense desire to pounce on a loose ball in the box to score the visiting side’s late equaliser.
New manager Caixinha was watching from the stands as caretaker boss Graeme Murty oversaw his sixth and final match from the dugout.
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“I don’t know what the new manager would have made of it, hopefully he will have taken a lot of positives from it,” said Hill, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “I’ve never spoken to him or seen him before so I think we are all very anxious to meet him and get going straight away.
“Hopefully in the next 48 hours we’ll get to meet him as a team and will hit the ground running with what he wants from us.
“I think he’s got plenty to work with. We’ve managed to get a point at a very difficult place against a good team.”
Caixinha has signed a three-year contract that will run until the summer of 2020 after agreeing to quit Qatari side Al-Gharafa to move to Glasgow.
Rangers have turned their attention to Caixinha in a bid to narrow the gap on Celtic, who are 33 points clear of their bitter rivals this season as they close in on a sixth consecutive title.
The Scottish Premiership draw between the bitter rivals on Sunday still leaves Rangers eight points adrift of second-placed Aberdeen and with major improvement needed to secure the runners-up spot.
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