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'It’s been very frustrating' - Rangers fringe player makes admission about game time

By James Black

Rangers midfielder Jason Holt has admitted that it’s “very frustrating” not getting regular games this season but he is ready to step in to the side when called upon.

The 24-year-old has been limited to a handful of substitute appearances after starting Rangers Europa League qualifying first leg with Progres Niederkorn in the summer.

Holt could get his chance when Rangers return to action after the international break thanks to Ryan Jack’s suspension for being sent-off in the 4-1 win over Hamilton.

And now, the Ibrox fringe player has made it clear that he is ready to step up and take that chance when it comes.

“Throughout the season we are going to have suspensions, and when these opportunities arise, someone needs to step-in and take their chance” Holt said to RangersTV, as quoted by the club’s website.

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“If I get the call I’ll be ready to step-in.

“It’s been very frustrating, as it would be for any footballer but especially for myself as you just want to play games.

“My game-time has been really limited but what you need to do is just keep training hard and when you get that opportunity, you need to be ready.

“I think in the games I’ve been called upon, I’ve gone on and done well.

“It’s never nice not playing, but I’ve always been there and thereabouts with the squad, constantly training hard and just looking to impress the gaffer and try to get back in the team.”

Following Jack’s dismissal against Hamilton, manager Pedro Caixinha immediately brought Holt off the bench for Carlos Pena and the former Hearts midfielder slotted into the space left by Jack, telling RangersTV: “At Hamilton, theywanted me to go on and sit in where Jacko was previously. We were down to 10-men obviously, so it was going to be difficult, but I was to go in there and just try to keep the shape.”

Holt has made 87 appearances for the Gers after heading across the M8 in 2015 to sign for Mark Warburton’s side.

The midfielder was a mainstay under Warburton and featured regularly under Caixinha at the tail end of last season but has struggled for game-time this season.

At 24, Holt was named as an overage player for the Under-20’s Challenge Cup defeat to Dumbarton, playing the full ninety minutes from Graeme Murty’s side.

The Gers’ next game is against St. Johnstone on October 13.

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