25-year-old should be axed: Three things learned about Rangers from draw v Motherwell
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 1-1 draw against Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.
Hodson should be dropped
Rangers defender Lee Hodson should be axed from the starting line-up after a disappointing showing against Motherwell. The right-back was given the opportunity to impress as regular James Tavernier missed out through suspension. However, the 25-year-old struggled defensively and was withdrawn at half-time. He has proved this season that he can fill the role if need and some fans have been calling for him to be involved more. Hodson was unable to stake his claim for a permanent role and should stay on the substitutes bench.
Caixinha will be bold
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha shocked people by making three substitutes at half-time against Motherwell after a disappointing opening 45 minutes. He took off defensive trio Lee Hodson, Clint Hill and Lee Wallace during the break, which left an array of attacking players on the pitch. Caixinha proved that he is not afraid to make drastic decision and can be a bold manager going forward. The Portuguese boss will have the opportunity to bring in some new additions in the summer and may look to make some drastic changes. His boldness may be something that supporters will look forward to seeing going forward, compared to the stye of Mark Warburton.
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Garner makes impact
Rangers forward Joe Garner made a great contribution off the bench and could be in line for a start in the next game. The 28-year-old has endured a mixed season at Ibrox, but managed to earn his side a point with a 61st minute goal. He has now scored eight goals for the Gers this campaign in 29 appearances and is competing with Martyn Waghron for a starting position. Garner will hope to prove he can be the talisman under Caixinha and will hope to star in their next game against Kilmarnock.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has named the clever player he wants to be at the club next season.