DAVID WEIR believes comparisons between him and Clint Hill are unfair as he paid tribute to the impact the defender has had on the Rangers squad this season.
Hill has been in tremendous form at the heart of the Gers defence leading some to liken the two men given they have arrived at the club later in their careers and went on to play an integral role in the Gers XI.
Weir dismissed such claims though and explained exclusively to RangersTV.tv: “I think it’s unfair on Clint. He has had his own career and what he is doing now this season and how he has got himself into the team, staying in the team and playing well in the team is testament to himself.
“I don’t think it’s really relevant to what I did in my time here. It’s all credit to him for the way he trains, the way he conducts himself and likewise Kenny, the way he passes on his experience and helps to make other players better.
“He has been really important for our team as well and we are delighted to have him here. It’s a big commitment from him and he has moved his family up here, and that commitment off the pitch is matched on the pitch.”
Hill was again terrific in Saturday’s 2-0 away win at Fir Park, and Weir was thrilled with what he believed to be an excellent team showing.
He continued: “I thought it was a very good performance and we thoroughly deserved to win the game. The start wasn’t what we wanted with regards to Michael [O’Halloran] getting sent off, but I thought after 10 minutes where we lost our composure, we looked composed even with 10 against 11, and then it went to 10 v 10 and I thought we got stronger as the game went on.
“We created chances, had loads of the ball and did all the right things. It was a really pleasing performance at what is a really difficult place to go, and I thought we thoroughly deserved our win.”
Emerson Hyndman won much praise for his performance in midfield on Saturday, and Weir was impressed at how the young man was able to take his first start in his stride.
He added: “It says a lot about him. He has shown why we brought him here and we are fortunate that Eddie Howe trusts us with him. Mark has a good relationship with Eddie and we managed to persuade Bournemouth to allow us to have him.
“He showed exactly what we have known about him for a long time – he is very comfortable on the ball, gets himself into space, keeps it simple and keeps the ball moving.
“He adds goals to that as well, and it was a really good performance from Emerson at the start of his Rangers career. There were a lot of good performances I thought – Jon Toral did a lot of good things, and he’s another lad who has come in and only had a couple of games.
“Those two lads coming in have definitely added a little bit and it gives us competition in an area where we probably needed it, and hopefully it will give everyone a boost and we will all see the benefits of that.
“It’s important to bring players in, to provide competition and hopefully to raise the bar a little bit as well, and it’s up to the rest of the players to enjoy that challenge and to enjoy the competition that brings as well as having good players in your team.”