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New manager has given Gers a lift in battle with Dons: Hodson


By Andy Newport

Lee Hodson says Rangers will need to keep the faith if they are to catch Aberdeen and finish second.

Rangers trail the Dons by 11 points with a game in hand in the race to finish as Ladbrokes Premiership runners-up behind runaway leaders Celtic.

But as new boss Pedro Caixinha's men must play Aberdeen twice before the end of the campaign, there remains time for Rangers to claw their way back.

The first of those meetings takes place in Aberdeen a week tomorrow, but beforehand Hodson and his colleagues must see off Motherwell and Kilmarnock.

And the Northern Ireland international admits Rangers' strength of conviction needs to stand up to the test.

Speaking ahead of today's visit of Well to Ibrox, Hodson said: "We've got to believe we can catch Aberdeen.

"In the last three games we've shown some real positive signs that we can push forward to where we want to be.

"If you go into games thinking you're not going to win, that's not right. You need to have that winning mentality.

"This week is massive. The first game is against Motherwell, then we've got Wednesday's game down at Kilmarnock.

"If we can get six points going into the game with Aberdeen on Sunday it'd put them under a lot of pressure.

"But we have to take it game by game. That's all we can do at the moment and see where it takes us at the end of the season."

A dark cloud may have hung over Rangers for much of their miserable campaign, but Hodson says the arrival of new boss Caixinha has lifted spirits.

"It's always a happy place to come and work," he insisted.

"It's such a big club and obviously there have been hard times but as players you don't want to lose games. It hurts when you do.

"But when times were hard we got together as a team and knuckled down in training.

"There's a new manager in now and that's given the players a lift."

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