Why Rangers must sign unsettled England international to replace Hill
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Pedro Caixinha should bolster his Rangers defence with the signing of Everton defender Phil Jagielka to replace Clint Hill in the summer transfer window.
The Daily Mail claimed earlier this week that 38-year-old defender Hill would leave Ibrox at the end of his contract, which is set to expire at the end of the month.
Everton defender and 40-time England international Jagielka told Sky Sports on Wednesday that he knows his future at Goodison Park is in doubt, with only a year left on his current deal.
But with Hill set to leave, Caixinha would both replace Hill and hugely improve his Rangers defence with the signing of 34-year-old stopper Jagielka.
With a huge 326 Premier League appearances under his belt, Jagielka has the know-how and defensive nous that would augment Rangers’ defence.
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A big-name player, Jagielka could also prove to be the catalyst for a number of higher profile players to bite the bullet and move to Ibrox as Caixinha looks to close the gap between the Gers and Celtic.
Caixinha has given youngsters David Bates and Myles Beerman a chance in his back four of late, and need an experienced defender to help them continue their development.
Without Hill, adding the experienced Jagielka to the Rangers defence would prove pivotal in the progression of the young duo, as well as possessing the quality to become first choice.
It remains to be seen if the Gers will enter the race for Jagielka in the summer, with Sheffield United, Sunderland and a number of MLS clubs said to be interested.
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha is reportedly interested in this Motherwell star.