CLINT Hill thinks he has finally adapted to Rangers’ style of play after admitting he found the Mark Warburton way difficult to adjust to at first.
Hill has played alongside Rob Kiernan for the Gers last five fixtures and says he’s had to radically change his game since the start of his professional career.
The central-defender says learning a new approach to defending is exactly the reason he chose to move north to play at Ibrox.
The 38-year-old told Rangers TV:
“To be honest I think I struggled when I first came here, the first few games I wasn’t up to speed with things and I struggled but now I have bedded in and got used to the style of play.
“Hopefully I will find that level of consistency which I need to stay in the team.
“No disrespect to any other team I have played for but it has been more of a defensive team and I had two banks of four in front of me, more protected and more numbers around me.
“Now we are playing more expansive types of football and we’re trying to win games even when we’re 1-0 up or when you’re 2-0 up you’re still looking to go and score goals.
“That means you’re still going to be on your toes as a defender but it’s a new experience for me and that’s what I wanted so late on in my career, I wanted to learn these philosophies and this new style of play, which is certainly what I’m doing right now.
“Defending has really changed since I started, we used to be able to tackle people from behind and you can’t do that now!
“To be fair I don’t think you can even go off your feet now, they are stopping even that kind of defending, there is a chance of you getting a yellow card.
“It is a challenge and every day I am learning now and I’m sure it will be like that until I retire.”
Hill and Kiernan have developed a partnership in recent weeks that Hill thinks is working well and he puts down the Light Blues result against Ross County last week as a blip for the team.
After an intense analysis meeting when the team returned to training earlier this week the defender thinks the Gers will be back to their best when Dundee visit Ibrox.
Hill explained: “It had just clicked recently as a team, Sunday wasn’t our best performance as a team but before that I thought we’d found a level of consistency.
“Hopefully this is just a blip and we can move on to Dundee at home and produce a decent performance.
“We had a good half an hour meeting on Tuesday, it was an honest opinion of how we played and there were certain things that didn’t go right for us and we were nowhere near the standard that we’ve set.”