By Danny Wright
Harry Redknapp thinks that new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha needs to keep hold of Clint Hill.
The senior Ibrox first-teamer is only on a one-year contract since he was let go by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season and Redknapp, who managed Hill at Loftus Road, thinks that Caixinha needs to offer him a new deal.
Redknapp placed importance on the need to have leaders in the dressing room and he has identified Hill, at 38-years-of-age, as the man who can help out the new Gers boss.
Despite his age, Hill has impressed in his debut season at Ibrox and has played in 27 matches in all competitions.
He became an instant fan-favourite when he scored a last-gasp equaliser against Celtic in the Old Firm derby in mid-March.
The centre-back followed that up by scoring his second goal in back-to-back games when he found the net against Hamilton in last weekend’s 4-0 victory to get his sixth goal in all competitions for the Light Blues.
Caixinha, who took charge of his first game against the Accies, is planning to rebuild the coaching structure at the Glasgow club and Redknapp thinks that by offering a new contract to Hill he can create a new level of leadership within his playing squad.
“It’s all-important to have those players [leaders] to help you,” said Redknapp to the Daily Mail, “For me, the most important thing is to have a good dressing room. People in the mould of Clint will take care of the dressing room for you.
“You are not in there all the time as a manager, you don’t see everything that is going on behind closed doors at the training ground. If you have some good lads in there then it makes it a much easier job, that’s for sure.
“The new manager at Rangers would have a leader on the pitch if Clint stays. If they don’t keep him, I’m sure someone else will snap him up because I definitely think there are another couple of years left in him.”
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox favourite is reportedly in talks with a senior role at the club.