Redknapp sends message to Rangers fans about controversial new target

By Tom Blackburn

Harry Redknapp has told Rangers fans that Clint Hill still has plenty to offer – even though he turns 38 in October.

Football Insider reported on Thursday morning that manager Mark Warburton is interested in bringing the recently club-less 37-year-old to Ibrox on a one-year deal.

This has been greeted with scepticism in some quarters but Redknapp, who managed the defender between 2012 and 2015, told the Scottish Sun that the veteran still has something to offer the recently promoted side.

“Clint would be a great signing for Rangers, I can’t speak highly enough of him,” Redknapp said. “He was an important player for me at QPR and featured in arguably my biggest game as manager there, the play-off final at Wembley which we won to return to the Premier League.

“Clint’s a bit of a hardman, for sure. He can look after himself. But he’s also fair, what I’d call a proper defender.

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“He’s as committed a defender as I’ve ever worked with — and I can see why Mark Warburton would want to bring him to Rangers.

“I know there will be a few Rangers fans concerned about his age and wondering how effective he’ll be. But, I promise you, Clint’s an extremely fit lad with a good left foot.

Hill joined QPR six years ago and played with the London club in the Premier League and the Championship, but they didn’t offer him a new deal.

In a career spanning 19 years, Hill has made almost 600 competitive appearances, including 72 games in the Premier League, and worked with the likes of Tony Pulis and Harry Redknapp.

He has only been used sporadically this season, playing just 13 league games as QPR finished a disappointing 12th.

Despite never playing outside the English leagues, Redknapp says the experienced defender can use his experience and that his age isn’t a big deal.

“He doesn’t carry an ounce of added weight, he’s a decent player, he isn’t slow and would be an excellent free transfer,” Redknapp told the SunSport.

“Clint’s got great experience from the Premier League and the Championship. He’s got plenty to offer for next season.”

In other Rangers news, a club legend has urged Warburton to keep hold of three players this summer.