By Harry Talbot
Lee Hodson is weighing up a contract offer from St Mirren as he edges close to sealing a permanent transfer from Rangers, Football Insider understands.
The SPL club are keen to sign the versatile operator, 27, full-time after his impressive season on loan in which he was a regular starter when fit and available.
An Ibrox source has told Football Insider that St Mirren have offered a long-term deal to Hodson after indications from the player’s camp he is keen to head to Paisley.
Hodson’s Rangers career is offer after he was told he would not be getting an extension to his current three-year deal, which is set to expire later this month.
Steven Gerrard is in the market for new full-backs this summer, amid doubts over the futures of Borna Barisic and in-demand James Tavernier, and following the exit of long-serving Lee Wallace.
St Mirren manager Oran Kearney is a big admirer of Hodson’s experience and versatility, and has used him in midfield as well as the right-back and left-back slots where he was deployed at Ibrox.
The 24-times Northern Ireland international made 23 appearances for the Buddies last season and fought back from a serious ankle injury sustained in January to help the club avoid relegation from the top flight through a dramatic penalty shoot-out win.
Ex-Watford player Hodson has been a fringe player at Rangers since signing in 2016, making just 27 appearances across three seasons.