Warburton plea for Rangers to agree deals for these two players fell on deaf ears - report
By Alex Stevens
Rangers chiefs ignored Mark Warburton’s plea for veteran pair Kenny Miller and Clint Hill to be handed new contracts, according to a report.
The Mail claim ex-manager Warburton was keen for both striker Miller, 37, and centre-back Hill, 38, to be rewarded with extended deals.
Both players are out of contract in the summer and their futures are up in the air as the club close in on the appointment of a new manager.
It is said that Warburton’s request for Miller and Hill to get new contracts “fell on deaf ears in the boardroom” even though they have been two of the team’s best performers in a difficult season.
The veterans now face the prospect of having to prove themselves to incoming new boss Pedro Caixinha, who the Mail report will be appointed at Ibrox in the coming days.
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With major doubts over the calibre of the players assembled by Warburton, the situations of Miller and Hill are fascinating.
Both players are expected to be named in the starting XI for Sunday’s Old Firm derby against Celtic at Parkhead, which is set to be overseen by caretaker Graeme Murty even if Caixinha is officially installed by that point.
Miller has made 35 appearances in all competitions for Rangers this season, scoring nine goals and supplying five assists, while Hill has played in 25 matches and widely been regarded as the team’s most reliable central defender.
Rangers chiefs have sanctioned a complete revamp of the club’s football activities following a wretched campaign in which they have failed to offer any challenge to bitter rivals Celtic.
The Light Blues are 33 points adrift of the runaway Scottish league leaders, who are closing in on a sixth consecutive title.
Rangers Under-20s coach Murty has overseen the club’s last five matches, which have yielded three wins and two defeats.
They demolished Scottish Premiership rivals Hamilton 6-0 on Saturday to book a place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.