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Rangers’ 26 Y/O Defensive Ace On Rivals’ Radar: Does He Have A Future Under Steven Gerrard?

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Ayush Chaurasia
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Rangers full-back Lee Hodson is being targeted by St. Mirren and it seems like the Northern Ireland international has seen his last days at the Ibrox Stadium. New gaffer Steven Gerrard has put him in surplus to requirements list and he will have no qualms in selling the right back who is also set to enter the final year of his contract.

The Gers have been relatively active in the transfer market as they have made one signing after another. The real challenge, however, will be for Gerrard to find a system where he will be able to bring the best out of his players.

Hodson has been more of a backup option at the Ibrox as James Tavernier is the first choice right back at the club. Tavernier is also one of the best performers for the Teddy Bears in the last few seasons so Hodson was highly unlikely to dislodge him from the starting position. Hosdon made just 5 appearances in the Premiership and selling him to St. Mirren won’t be that big of a loss for Gerrard.

The club has also signed Jon Flanagan on a free transfer who is a right back. Though the former Liverpool defender recently started in the left back spot in the Europa League qualifier against FK Shkupi where the Gers ran out 2-0 winners in the first leg.

The 26-year-old Hodson has made just 27 appearances in the last two seasons and will likely prefer a move where he has more chances of playing first-team football. The player is currently fighting a losing battle as Tavernier is extremely unlikely to be replaced.

The Gers will probably need another left-sided fullback, though, and Flanagan has all the capabilities to do the job in that position. Rangers had the worst defensive record of any of the top seven sides in the last campaign and they will have to keep it tighter if they want to win something substantial in the upcoming season.

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Gerrard has clearly indicated that Hodson is no longer required at Rangers. St. Mirren’s boss will certainly won’t mind having the former Watford player at his disposal as he has a good amount of experience of English football and that will stand him in good stead if he is given an opportunity to start in the right-back role.

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