By Harvey Byrne
Veteran Rangers defender Clint Hill intends to find a new club after holding talks with manager Pedro Caixinha on Tuesday, according to a report.
The Daily Mail has claimed that the 38-year-old centre-back will be released at the end of the season as Caixinha plans major changes at Ibrox.
The senior defender joined the club under previous boss Mark Warburton in the summer and has became an ever-present in the Gers’ back four this season.
However, it is now detailed that Caixinha has to let players go in order to rebuild and attempt to close the gap on fierce rivals Celtic.
Hill started in the 5-1 defeat against Celtic in April, but was limited to just a 37 minute substitute appearance against Partick Thistle at the weekend with youngster David Bates favoured alongside Danny Wilson.
The experienced man has played 30 times for Rangers in all competitions this season, returning six goals and he gained hero status at the club after after scoring a late equaliser in the Old Firm derby at Celtic Park in March.
However, it may now be assumed that Caixinha wants some younger legs in his team and Hill doesn’t fit in with his plans going forward.
Football Insider verdict:
Hill has certainly been one of the few consistent performers in the Rangers team this season and definitely deserved a new deal on the back of his displays alone. However, there is a huge question about how much longevity the defender has left. Now, it will be understandable if Caixinha does want someone younger in his back four and that could be the reason for why Hill is being let go. But, it may have been worth keeping someone on with the experience of Hill to mentor youngsters like Bates, who has previously spoken highly of the wisdom of former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos.
In other Rangers transfer news, Gers fans have reacted on Twitter to Billy Gilmour agreeing a deal with Chelsea.