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27th Dec, 2016 | 9:00am

Rangers veteran hails unbelievable experience playing for massive club

By Matt Farr

Rangers veteran Clint Hill claims playing for the club has been one of the toughest parts of his career and says that to achieve it at his age is “unbelievable”.

The 38-year-old defender has been a regular feature at Ibrox this season, despite his advancing years, and admits Scottish football is far tougher than he had ever imagined.

The Englishman is well-travelled, having previously been a key figure at a number of high-profile sides in the top two divisions.

Hill was part of the Queens Park Rangers squad during their one season in the Premier League two seasons ago, while he has also experienced life in England with Stoke, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

He told the Daily Record: “Listen, this is a massive club. To come here at my age is unbelievable and to play in front of 55,000 every other week is a massive achievement.

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“I’m very proud to be here. I just want to do my best for the club – I don’t think you realise how big it is until you actually step into it and experience it. The Scottish league is probably frowned upon a little bit down south.

“But it’s hard here. Especially when you pull on a Rangers shirt. People want to beat you.

“They want to rough you up and take points off you, so you have to be constantly at a decent level or you’ll be found out.”

Rangers are currently on a four-match winning run, and find themselves in second place in the Scottish Premiership, still 14 points behind leaders Celtic.

Hill has made 15 appearances in all competitions for the Gers this season, helping to keep nine clean sheets, and has scored three goals.

He will play an important role as Rangers take on their great rivals Celtic in the Old Firm derby on New Year’s Eve.

In other Rangers news, Derek Johnstone believes Rangers need reinforcements next month.