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15th Dec, 2016 | 7:57pm

Lee Hodson: This Rangers pair are better than their Celtic counterparts

By Emma Sanders

Lee Hodson has claimed fellow Rangers teammates James Tavernier and Lee Wallace are the two best full-backs in the Scottish Premiership.

The Rangers star believes Wallace and Tavernier are ahead in ranking compared to Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, Mikael Lustig and Emilio Izaguirre, despite the latter trio being part of the team that are runaway Scottish Premiership leaders.

Northern Ireland defender Hodson admitted he must continue to work hard because he won’t be given many opportunities with Wallace and Tavernier in the squad.

“I knew it would be difficult coming here with two top quality full-backs – the two best in the league – but that’s what it is about coming to a new club,” said Hodson, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I have worked hard and know I need to fight to get my chance.”

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The 25-year-old has made just three starts in the league this season because he has had to battle for a place in the side and has often been overlooked in favour of the senior Rangers duo.

Tavernier and Wallace are both recognised Scottish internationals and have produced a number of good displays for Mark Warburton’s side.

But Hodson has been in great form since forcing his way into the starting XI for the 2-1 victory against Aberdeen before retaining his place in Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Hearts.

Hodson has been filling in at right-back ahead of Tavernier in recent games and his teammate had a rare start in midfield during the victory against Hearts but still provides tough competition for his preffered defensive role.

Rangers next clash is against Hamilton on Saturday and Hodson is expected to retain his place, though he will have to maintain high performances to keep his place in the side.

The Gers currently sit in second place in the league table but are 11 points behind Celtic who still have two games in hand.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd has given this prediction on where the Gers will finish this season.