Blues and Bolton Linked With Rangers Right-Back Hodson
Friday, 18th Jan 2019 13:54
Town and Bolton are reported to be showing interest in Rangers right-back Lee Hodson, who is currently on loan with St Mirren.
According to The Sun, the Blues and Trotters are both eyeing a move for the 27-year-old (pictured above, centre), who can also play at left-back and in midfield.
Hodson is out of contract at the end of the season and Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is said to be willing to accept offers for the Borehamwood-born defender.
The 24-times-capped Northern Ireland international was a youth player with hometown club Boreham Wood and Watford where he broke into first-team football in 2009.
Having spent time on loan at Brentford, Hodson moved on to the MK Dons for a three-year spell in 2013.
In the second half of the 2015/16 season he joined Kilmarnock on loan and the following summer moved to Rangers.
However, having made only 23 starts and four sub appearances for the Ibrox club, the 5ft 11in tall full-back was sent on loan to St Mirren in August. He has started all 18 Scottish Premiership games for the Paisley-based side.
Manager Paul Lambert has previously said that a right-back is one of his January targets and yesterday confirmed that he is still considering adding to his six transfer window recruits.
That Hodson would be available on a permanent basis rather than on loan - Town already have five loan players, the maximum permitted in a matchday squad - may well make him of greater interest to the Blues boss.
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|wkj added 14:02 - Jan 18|
Good to see the links for a right-back happening; Shame it comes from the source what reckoned we were getting 10million in January.
|SpruceMoose added 14:28 - Jan 18|
He obviously meant 10 million Lira.
|OwainG1992 added 14:51 - Jan 18|
Wouldn't mind us getting him. That being said Pennington did well there this past weekend.
|wkj added 15:01 - Jan 18|
Oh Spruce, you are a bully and a brute... I love it. Welcome to the comment section though: please hold my hand.
|marco007 added 15:08 - Jan 18|
We just loaned a perfectly good right back to Accrington Stanley??
|Len_Brennan added 15:22 - Jan 18|
I don't know the lad so can't rate him against what we have already, but I do feel that Donacien has been a bit unlucky not to play more, & don't get me started about Emmanuel even before him.
Donacien, a young inexperienced player, stepped up 2 leagues & played in a side that was just thrown together at the start of the season. Our keeper, player of the year 3 times in a row was dropped, a preferred centre half wasn't signed after a whole summer of Brexit like negotiating & the 2 Shrewsbury lads came in at the last minute with little time to get to know each other's games. He certainly made mistakes & even looked out of depth a couple of times, but he was improving & looking like he was learning quickly too.
Imagine if he had a James Collins beside him to settle him down & cover for an error. The problem with bringing so many new young players in together is that you have nowhere to hide when you're trying to cope with power & intensity of a higher level, mistakes are punished.
I may well be wrong, but I think he has something & was showing quality, particularly on balls into the box with pace, before he surprisingly got dropped. Confidence is a massive part of the game, especially for young players, so I hope he gets a chance again. I think he'll be a decent Championship level footballer yet, for someone.
|London_Blue added 15:50 - Jan 18|
Sorry guys, I watched Donacien earlier in the season and despite the comments here, he just had very little impact. No pace to speak of, no crossing ability, average defensive qualities and not even a long throw.
We could have given him more of an opportunity but we want to secure our place in this division for next season, so why wouldn’t we look to a more experienced campaigner in that position?
|RaymondovicBlue added 16:08 - Jan 18|
My understanding is that he has been loaned back so he can play, improve, be watched and possibly play for us in the future ... what we need for the next 4 months is experience and PROVEN ability not players for the future ... if this guy is any good I'd say he would go straight into the team ... unless, as said above, Pennington has earned the shirt there? If CCV comes in on loan he will play alongside the other new CB so either Pennington or Chambers (!) will be our right back? So - do we need another right back at all ? Have you ever talked yourself around the houses so much as this? ok - decision time ... Sign him if he is any good and keep an eye on "our" young full backs and their development whilst at loan clubs
|RaymondovicBlue added 16:08 - Jan 18|
If he has played that many internationals and is a regular starter in the Scottish Premiership then he certainly sounds both experienced AND injury free ...
|management added 16:26 - Jan 18|
Just had a quick look, Jordan Spence and Hodson were at MK Dons in 2015/16 season, both natural positions allegedly RB and during that season Spence played significantly more ofter, Hodson may have been injured but he was loaned out to Kilmarnock in February 2016 leading to the assumption Spence was first choice at RB, not exactly inspirational and Rangers fans rate Hodson as one of their poorest Full backs of recent times.
See Emmanuel is back, maybe back up to Pennington at RB.
|pippaine1 added 16:54 - Jan 18|
don't waste time on Hodson worse than Spence Town Fan living in MK
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