CLINT HILL has praised the support of the Rangers fans after they sold-out their allocation for last night’s clash in Inverness.

Hill admits the 3500-strong backing didn’t come as any surprise to him, but he was at pains to thank and appreciate the Light Blue legions who had made the long journey north to the Highland capital in spite of the kick-off time.

He explained: “I was half-thinking to myself, ‘Friday night, three and a half hours, will it be busy? But they have never really surprised me this lot.

“They have travelled everywhere in their thousands, they give the lads all the support they can give – even in the tough times, and hopefully we sent them home happy this weekend.”

Rangers’ attention can now turn to the League Cup semi-final next Sunday, with that match being the small matter of an Old Firm derby.

The last meeting of the two clubs saw Celtic run-out convincing 5-1 winners, and Hill admits Rangers are desperate for another crack at their Glasgow rivals to right the wrongs of that clash.

He added: “We have a few points to prove there I think. We didn’t really turn up at their place a few weeks back, so hopefully we can go there with a fully-fit squad and play the way we really want to play and give them a tough game.

“The last time, we didn’t really play the football we know we can, nor did we get in the faces of the opposition. We want to rectify that and definitely make more of a game of it this time.”

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