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Hodson savouring battle to retain his Rangers' place

By Graham Luney

Lee Hodson has admitted he needs to keep delivering or lose his place in the Rangers starting line-up. The Northern Ireland international has started the Ibrox side's last two games but the full-back accepts he must keep his standards high going forward.

The 25-year-old said: "Everyone wants to get game time and I have managed to play the last two games and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The best thing of all was that we got results.

"It is healthy for the squad to have competition all over the park and I think we have that throughout the squad.

"We have a big squad and everyone is fighting for their place. I knew it would be difficult coming here with two top quality full-backs, two of the best in the league, but that's what it is about coming to a new club.

"I have worked hard and you're fighting to try and get your chance. It was disappointing to come out of the team after the Old Firm semi-final but I didn't dwell on it, I thought I'd just get back out on the training field, carry on working hard and get another chance.

"When you are out of the team you have to take your next chance and I am enjoying the spell I am having and I just have to keep performing.

"As a footballer you just want to be playing and all I can keep doing is working hard.

"Everyone wants to play in big games but my head isn't on the Old Firm at the moment, it's on Friday night and personally I take it game by game.

"I'll see how it goes and see if I'll still be in the team by then but hopefully if I keep my head down, keep working hard and keep performing then I can carry on in the team."

James Tavernier started in midfield against Hearts while Hodson slotted in at right-back and the Englishman thinks there is space for both of them in the Gers team.

The defender continued: "The manager's instructions are the same as they would be to Tav, we just go out there, do what we do and we know as a team what we need to do.

"Tav is a top quality full-back and he can play in other positions so he is very versatile.

"I thought he was excellent in the middle of the park against Hearts and it is down to the manager where we play.

"It has been nice to get game time because everybody wants to play and as a squad and a club winning those six points over the past two weeks was great.

"We have another important game against Hamilton and we need to go into that one full of confidence and with the same sort of aggression and passion to get those important three points."

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