Rangers hero Derek Johnstone insists Clint Hill could have as great an impact at Ibrox as David Weir

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton is reportedly closing in on a deal to bring the 37-year-old to Ibrox.

Clint Hill celebrates scoring the second goal for QPR

Rangers hero Derek Johnstone believes that the impact that David Weir made during his time with the Gers in the latter stages of his playing career proves that Clint Hill could be a massive success at Ibrox, the Evening Times reports.

A report in the Daily Record suggested that the 37-year-old was closing in on a short-term deal with the Light Blues, with part of the agreement seeing the former Queens Park Rangers stalwart also securing a coaching role in Mark Warburton's team.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

And after watching Weir complete a move to Rangers in the twilight of his career and subsequently shine despite continuing to play at the highest level until he was 41, Johnstone has suggested that Hill has the potential to prove any doubters wrong in a similar manner.

"Clint Hill could be the new Davie Weir for this Rangers side. What Rangers need at the back as they return to the top-flight is a bit of experience - just think of the impact that a 40-year-old Davie Weir had playing there and what he brought to the side. There are two young boys at the back just now for Rangers and they would certainly benefit from an old head like Clint Hill in there beside them," he told the Evening Times.

"Mark Warburton will have done his homework, it's not as if he's just plucked Hill's name out of the air because he's a free transfer. He obviously knows the boy well and will have spoken to Harry Redknapp about him.

"He's still a very fit man. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't see him being a long-term solution, but if Rangers get a year out of him then they'll be doing well."

Rangers' David Weir

Though many may have anticipated that Weir's spell at Ibrox would have been a short-term move like Hill's proposed deal appears to be, the retired Scotland international went on to make more league appearances than he did during his spells with Falkirk and Hearts earlier in his career. 

And he was able to justify the decision to keep him around the squad as he helped the side win three Scottish Premiership titles, as well as two Scottish Cups and three League Cups, making between 36 and 38 league appearances in four successive campaigns.

QPR's Clint Hill

With Warburton's current squad looking quite thin in terms of defensive options, Hill may well find that he has more than enough opportunities to prove that he still has something to offer the team should he complete his switch.

And if he can enjoy a fraction of the same success that Weir enjoyed during his spell, and subsequently make as big an impact as a coach as Weir has done as Warburton's assistant, then many will surely reflect that his arrival was another brilliant piece of business.

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