International display from Rangers 26-year-old shows why he has no Ibrox future under Gerrard
Rangers defender Lee Hodson had a night to forget as he put in a woeful performance for Northern Ireland in their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Costa Rica – and showed exactly why he has no future at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard.
The 26-year-old was to blame for one of the Central Americans’ goals and generally struggled before being replaced by Milwall’s Conor McLaughlin after an hour.
Hodson is well out of the picture at Ibrox and despite having played on either flank as a full-back since moving north from MK Dons, Graeme Murty opted to go with Andy Halliday at left-back in the final games of the season with Declan John and Lee Wallace both out.
When Hodson arrived at Ibrox he was always here more to make up the numbers and give the Gers a back-up should something have happened to James Tavernier or Lee Wallace and he’s probably played more games than most would have expected – making 27 appearances for the Gers in a just under two years with the Light Blues.
In the games Hodson has had a chance to come in and show he compete for a regular place in the first-team, he has struggled to have any impact and made regular positional mistakes which put the Light Blues under unnecessary pressure defensively.
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While Wallace’s future at Ibrox looks bleak, Tavernier and John are the clear first-picks in their respective positions and Hodson is a long way off displacing either of them and could have to contend with further competition as Gerrard brings his own players in over the summer.
The Borehamwood-born defender still has a year left on his contract at Ibrox but after his limited opportunities at Ibrox and poor performances when given a chance for club or country means it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Hodson was moved on this summer as Gerrard gets to work building a side capable of competing with bitter rivals Celtic for the title.