MARK WARBURTON admitted he will have no hesitation about playing veteran Clint Hill against in-form Moussa Dembele in the Betfred League Cup semi-final today.

The former QPR centre-half turned 38 last week and the Rangers boss sees parallels between the Englishman and his assistant David Weir, who played at the highest level until he reached 40.

Warburton’s side have struggled for continuity ib central defence this season and saw Philippe Senderos dismissed on his debut in the 5-1 defeat at Celtic Park while Danny Wilson is a pre-match injury doubt.

The Ibrox gaffer said: “Do I have concerns? No. Just watch Clint. Like Kenny Miller, he is still playing at this age for a reason. He looks after himself so well.

“We did a really tough fitness test just before the international break and I watched him finish in the middle of the squad. He was beating players who are 10, 12, 14 years younger than him.

“Clint has been given a chance, he’s taken it and he’s a top-class pro. Ideally, you want a defender with great aerial ability at 6ft 4in, a great physique, who can pass the ball with both feet and run like Usain Bolt.

“The fact is those guys are in the English Premier League. What Clint has is a strong aerial ability, he can deal with a physical presence and has experience.

“His positioning is excellent. Clint won’t turn round and say he’s the quickest centre-half in the league, but I have no worries about him whatsoever.”


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