HE’S been at the club for only a matter of months and has never previously faced the long trip north to face Inverness Caley Thistle, but the significance of a victory in the Highland Capital wasn’t lost on Clint Hill last night.
Through the years, previous Rangers teams have made the marathon trip back down the A9 without the three points in tow, therefore both the victory, and the clean sheet thrilled the Gers defender.
He explained: “We are delighted to take the three points back down the road. It’s a long journey, and a difficult place to come to. They are five games unbeaten and gave Celtic a decent game here as well, and to be fair, they gave us a decent game as well, especially in the second half.
“But 1-0 and getting the win and the clean sheet is what we wanted, and thankfully we are taking that back home with us.”
Both Hill and partner Rob Kiernan had their work cut out with the physical threat of Caley striker Lonsana Doumbouya, but despite a tough evening, Hill was pleased with how Gers dealt with his and the attacking options of all the Caley team.
He said: “We picked up on that on the analysis, and he’s given a few players a rough time in the last few weeks, and it’s something we knew we had to try and get on top of early. Thankfully Rob [Kiernan] and I managed to deal with most of what he had. It was a tough game all round, but I’m glad we came through it. The second half maybe wasn’t perfect football-wise, but I think we showed a different bravery – sticking our heads on things, getting our bodies in the way of shots and getting into tackles, and these are all part and parcel of winning the game as well.”
Hill also paid tribute to Kenny Miller who grabbed his 100th Rangers goal, adding: “It’s quality and what an achievement it is by him. He’s an outstanding role-model – he’s 36 and still moves well and trains brilliantly. He’s even a great role model for a young lad like me! 100 goals is outstanding though, and his performance was great tonight too. It was the perfect night for him.”