As reported by The Evening Times, former Rangers defender Clint Hill has opened up on his exit from the club at the end of last season.
Hill was one of the surprise successes at the Light Blues last season, performing consistently in the Scottish Premiership and becoming a favourite with fans due to his committed performances and robust defensive play.
However, he left at the end of the season and he’s revealed that while he wanted to stay, he was axed by manager Pedro Caixinha.
As quoted by The Evening Times, the defender said:
It was very respectful in the way he spoke to me about it. There were no text messages or phone calls, it was face-to-face and we were looking at each other explaining our reasons. I have got a lot of respect for that. That is the way I want to be handled as a player so there were no complaints or any animosity from me. Obviously I would have loved to have stayed at that club because once you leave you realise how special a place it is. But there is absolutely no animosity towards the manager and I just want Rangers to do well now.
Caixinha wasted no time in bringing in replacements with the likes of Bruno Avles and Fabio Cardoso arriving to becomg regular starters in his first team.
However, could Hill have still played a role at the club this season?
While those two players have embedded themselves into Caixinha’s starting eleven, there are still depth problems in the Rangers defence, with the manager having to rely on inexperienced youth to fill in for the likes of Alves and Danny Wilson when injured.
Retaining Clint Hill for another year could have solved that issue and provided more competition in the position, with Cardoso not exactly winning over Rangers fans so far.
Hill was trusted by his teammates and supporters and getting rid of him so quickly was perhaps one of the transfer decisions the Portuguese got wrong this summer.