CLINT Hill hopes he and Rob Kiernan can cement their partnership at the back for Rangers and if they do he thinks they can learn from one another.

The duo have played the Gers last five games together at centre-half and the experienced Hill thinks Kiernan has all the attributes of a great defender.

Now the 38-year-old wants to be given time to strike up a formidable pairing with the 25-year-old because he believes the longer you play alongside someone the better the defence you provide.

Hill told Rangers TV: “There has been a fair bit of chopping and changing in the centre-back position and in the whole team, if I’m honest, no one has really cemented their place.

“Fingers crossed Rob and I have struck up a partnership but we need to be on our toes because we have Phillipe and Danny back in training now.

“Hopefully Rob can learn from me, I am just a humble guy who works hard and tries to do his best for the team, I hope people can look at that and follow it.

“I like Rob, he is a great lad and he has everything you need, he is strong, he’s quick and he is good in the air so he has everything you need to be a good defender. If I can help him along the way then that would be fantastic for me.

“I can learn from him as well, it’s about striking up a partnership and just playing games with each other in training and in competitive games.

“Then you form a bond and you know what players are going to do and where they are going to be at certain times of games and you can react to it. The longer that partnership goes on then the better it will get.”

Mark Warburton has four players to pick from to fill the centre of the Light Blues backline and after varying injuries and illness Hill, Kiernan, Danny Wilson and Phillipe Senderos are now all fit to play.

The pressure of two players desperate to take his spot doesn’t affect Hill though, after a career in the Premier League he says he is used to his place being under threat.

The defender continued: “We know if we’re not doing the job then someone is going to set in and take the shirt, it is hard at the moment but we have two lads behind us who want it as well.

“I have had that kind of pressure throughout my career, I have had £12 million players come in and try and replace me.

“Playing for this club now there is pressure every day, pressure to perform in training and pressure on the pitch so that is just part and parcel of the job.

“I’m not sure why Rob and I do well together, previously I thought Danny and I played well, I haven’t played with Phillipe yet.

“I thought Danny and I did well in the few games we played together then unfortunately I had to drop out through illness and Danny got injured.”

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