Rangers fringe player delivers honest verdict on squad role
By Dominic Toner
Rangers defender Lee Hodson revealed he treated the match against Celtic on Sunday as just another game.
The 25-year-old was handed a rare opportunity to start against the Old Firm rivals and delivered a strong performance at right-back.
Rangers suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the Scottish League Cup semi-final, with Moussa Dembele scoring the winning goal in the 87th minute.
Hodson was handed just his fifth appearance of the season by manager Mark Warburton and deal well with the threat of Scott Sinclair and Kieran Tierney.
The defender revealed that he was pleased with his individual performance and hopes to have impressed Warburton.
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“I think I did okay, that’s what I thought personally, but it’s up to the manager to decide whether I play again this week,” Hodson told the club’s website. “I had to look at this like just another game when I found out I was starting, if you read too much into it things can go personally wrong. I had to concentrate, look at it like another game and try to win.”
Rangers completed the signing of defender Hodson in the summer from MK Dons, after he spent last season on loan at Kilmarnock.
The right-back has now made five appearances for the Scottish giants and is continuing to challenge James Tavernier for a regular starting position.
Tavernier, 24, is regarded as the club’s first-choice full-back but played in the midfield against Celtic.
The attack-minded player has proven a real goal threat in the past and Warburton could be tempted to keep Hodson in the team after his solid display.
Rangers face St Johnstone in their next match and will hope to pick up three points in the league meeting.
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