AFTER the 1-0 victory over Inverness Caley Thistle it wasn’t a surprise to hear that Clint Hill was picked as the man of the match.

The big stopper, on his return to the Rangers starting eleven, put in an impressive display in the centre of defence, even if his side failed to hit the heights they did in previous home games against Aberdeen and Hearts at the start of December.

Hill’s desire to win every tackle and header was there for all to see and after the final whistle Mark Warburton was keen to highlight his growing influence on the pitch.

He said: “I thought Clint Hill was very good today and showed his battling qualities and defensive awareness.

“I hate using the term old-fashioned, that sound a bit derogatory sometimes, but he is that.

He defends his goal with a real passion but he is a quality footballer as well.

“He gets first contact, he wins his headers, he gets his blocks in and his geography is very good as well.

“He is just a very experienced, high quality defender.”

The manager also praised keeper Wes Foderingham after he kept a clean sheet against an Inverness side who will perhaps wonder how they didn’t score on their Christmas Eve visit to Ibrox given the chances they created.

Warburton added: “We had a couple of chances second half but he had to maintain concentration.

“He was on his toes, he was alert, a good low save and then at the end high to his right.

“So all credit to Wes, he maintained that focus and concentration and we emerged with the spoils when maybe today we didn’t deserve to.”

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