This whole Lee Hodson nonsense at the moment really is a case of a bandwagon and it’s one we find more than a bit unfair.
Hodson is a player who divides us here at Ibrox Noise – some of us think there’s a player in there, while others couldn’t throw him out of Govan fast enough.
But the frenzy of drivel about him following a sub-par display last night for his country borders on the ridiculous, and if I was Hodson, it would be feel more than a touch unjust.
First off, the Ulster Boys were playing not only a world cup-bound side, but one who got to the quarter finals last time around, only to fall by way of penalties to the Dutch. Costa Rica are no slouches!
Secondly, Hodson has had two appearances for Rangers this entire calendar year – how on earth can you judge his performance for his country when he is so rusty?
Thirdly, most of his time in Govan has been completely wasted at left back – the guy is a right back and when he actually got a partial run in the team in his preferred slot, he looked much more accomplished. Heck, we even remember comments at the time praising his stability and admitting that while he wasn’t as thrusting an attacker as Tavernier, he was far better defensively.
Hodson is no Cafu, we are the first to admit that. But he has around 15 caps for his country and you don’t do that if you can’t play.
These days he’s a destroyed player – years of being mismanaged at Ibrox has left him a pale shadow of a very decent player. We’re not saying he should be ahead of Tavernier, but he should have got more of a say at that position when Tav’s form was questionable in the past.
Now everyone is leaping on the bandwagon and we find it more than a bit unfair.
Hodson still has some things about him, but support doesn’t seem to be one of them.