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Rangers must thrive off high expectations, says Lee Hodson

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland defender Lee Hodson says he and his Rangers team-mates have to cope with the heightened expectations of the fans at Ibrox.

Rangers dropped more points in the Scottish Premiership race after drawing 1-1 with St Johnstone at home on Wednesday night.

The Gers are now nine points behind city rivals Celtic, who also have a game in hand, and face an uphill battle to claw back the deficit.

It's especially difficult given Rangers have failed to find any kind of consistency this season, failing to string together more than two consecutive Premiership wins so far this year.

They have a chance to get back on track when Kilmarnock come calling to Ibrox tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) and Hodson says they can't let Wednesday's draw affect them.

"It was disappointing to drop points at home but the good thing about football is that games come thick and fast and we have another big game on Saturday at home to Kilmarnock," Hodson said.

"The main thing is to go out there and put in a performance at Ibrox and get those three points.

"We know there are expectations playing for Rangers and we know the fans have high expectations and so do we as players.

"We need to thrive off those expectations and I know as a bunch of players we are very confident in our ability and the squad we have here and we know what we can do.

"Kilmarnock had a good result against Hearts and they are going to be full of confidence coming to Ibrox, but so are we, even though we didn't get the result we wanted on Wednesday."

It has been something of a frustrating season for the defender, who has been battling it out with James Tavernier and Lee Wallace for one of the two full-back slots.

The 25-year old says he'd like to play more for the club and make the jersey his own, but acknowledges that he'll have to perform consistently to do so.

"I have only played the last two games and we have a very good squad with two very good full-backs in Lee Wallace and James Tavernier," he admitted.

"It is up to the manager (Mark Warburton) whether I play, but as I said before I will carry on playing the best I can and see what happens from there.

"As players you want to play for a big club. Who doesn't want to go and play in front of 50,000 fans at Ibrox week in and week out as a player?

"That is what you want."

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