By Will Butcher
Pedro Caixinha has revealed that Clint Hill is likely to remain sidelined for Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash against Celtic on Sunday.
The veteran defender has missed Rangers’ last three games due to a hamstring problem and is yet to return to training with the 54-time Scottish champions.
Speaking to Rangers’ official website, Portuguese boss Caixinha stated that at the moment Hill will not be available but that could change later in the week.
“He’s still recovering and so far today he’s not going to be with us. I don’t know if tomorrow or after tomorrow he’ll able to be with us,” Caixinha said.
“He’s a warrior and someone who is always looking to help us and always demanding from teammates. We like those sort of players and if he can be with us, perfect.
“If not, others will do their jobs in the same way because this is a collective work, this is teamwork and we need to think and keep thinking the same way.”
Youngster David Bates has deputised for Hill in recent matches, keeping three clean sheets in his last three outings at the back alongside former Liverpool defender Danny Wilson.
Bates could make just his fourth Rangers appearance against rivals Celtic at Hampden Park, as the Gers look to prevent Brendan Rodgers’ side from winning a treble in his first season.
Caixinha will be keen to improve upon his side’s record against Celtic this season, which has seen the Gers lose three of their four outings against the Bhoys.
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