By Matt Farr
Rangers defender Lee Hodson admits he is willing to sacrifice his summer holiday in order to experience the club’s return to Europe.
The 25-year-old has made just 10 league appearances for the Scottish Premiership club this term as they sealed qualification for the Europa League ahead of next season.
Their pending return to European competition means Rangers will be required to cut-short their summer holiday, and begin their qualifying campaign as early as July.
It remains to be seen if Rangers’ squad will be able to cope with the increasingly demanding fixture schedule next season, particularly if they progress in the competition, and the lack of rest over the summer could be massive.
However, Hodson has honestly admitted that he has no issues with sacrificing his summer break, insisting ‘every player’ would choose to play in Europe rather than having a longer holiday.
He told the Daily Record: “You make sacrifices as a footballer but it’s about the memories you make when you play for a big club like Rangers.
“You’ll happily sacrifice things like holidays to play in Europe. Every player would choose to play in Europe every week rather than have a longer holiday.
“We went to the Euros last year and that was something you dream about as a kid. I’ll treasure that experience forever. I’d rather make those kind of memories than have an extra week on holiday.”
But Rangers’ European campaign could also see the squad report back even earlier for pre-season training, with manager Pedro Caixinha having hinted his players could have just a nine-day rest this summer.
The Portuguese is understood to have set a return date of June 1 for his players, with their current campaign scheduled to end with a clash against St. Johnstone on May 21.
Caixinha is determined to ensure his side have enough time this summer to prepare for their Europa League qualification campaign.
In other Rangers news, talks have been planned as the club are keen to tie up a deal for creative spark this week.