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Hodson's presence bringing out the best in Tavernier as battle for right-back hots up

By Andy Newport

Rangers right-back James Tavernier says that Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson is bringing the best out of both him and left-back Lee Wallace.

Hodson, who was drafted into the team for last month's Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic at Hampden Park, has been forced to play the waiting game since clinching his summer loan switch from MK Dons.

He made his first Ladbrokes Premiership start three days after his involvement in the Old Firm showdown as Gers were held to a goalless draw at home by St Johnstone. Tavernier, however, was back at right-back as the Light Blues produced their slickest display of the campaign so far with last Saturday's 3-0 win over Kilmarnock.

"Lee is a great lad and he has done well when he has been in that position," said Tavernier. "It is totally down to the gaffer who he picks.

"I just have to put on the best performances when I play to keep hold of that spot. That is why Lee came in in the first place, to push me and Waldo. It has pushed Lee too and it is great competition for the team."

Tavernier was handed a surprise attacking brief against Celtic but is more than willing to give it another go if boss Mark Warburton comes calling again.

"If the gaffer needs me to fill in anywhere I am happy to do so," he said.

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