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HILL START IS NO WORRY.

Byline: GORDON WADDELL

MARK WARBURTON has backed veteran Clint Hill to shackle Celtic's flying frontline.

The stopper (inset) faces a frantic Old Firm baptism this afternoon, four days after his 38th birthday.

But the Rangers boss insists Hill will cope with the lightning pace of Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest along Celtic's front three Warburton said: "Do I have concerns? No.

"Just watch Clint. Like Kenny Miller, he is still playing at this age for a reason. He looks after himself so well.

"We did a tough fitness test just before the international break. I watched him finish in the middle of the squad. He was just about to turn 38.

"He was beating players 10, 12, 14 years younger than him. Clint has a tremendous outlook, he's a great athlete and a proven professional.

"Ideally, you want a defender with great aerial ability at 6ft 4in, a great physique, who can pass the ball with both feet and run like Usain Bolt.

"The fact is those guys are in the Premier League.

"What Clint has is a strong aerial ability, he can deal with a physical presence and has experience. His positioning is excellent, his pitch geography is very good.

"Clint won't say he's the quickest centre-half in the league but I have no worries about him whatsoever."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2016
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