Lee Hodson did not make the impact he would have hoped for at Ibrox last season. Stuck behind the more adventurous James Tavernier in the pecking order, the 25-year-old right-back was far from a regular starter as Rangers stuttered to a third place finish in their first season back in the Scottish Premiership.
And, with Hodson appearing in just two of Rangers’ first three Scottish Premiership games in 2017/18, it appears that he is unlikely to play a bigger role under Pedro Caixinha this season.
In fact, 17-year-old Jordan Houston may even be a better fit for Caixinha’s attack-minded approach than the more conservative Hodson.
The talented teenager, who impressed as Graeme Murty’s Under-20s reached the Scottish Cup final last season, lauded Caixinha back in April for placing his trust in Rangers’ highly-rated youngsters with David Bates and Myles Beerman earning rave reviews in the first-team.
And Houston, who was spotted by Rangers at the age of five, has everything required to follow his fellow Auchenhowie graduates into the first team in the near future after being included on the bench during Murty’s time as caretaker manager in February.
However, if Houston does break through into the senior set-up, this may just signal the end of Hodson.
And it doesn’t look as if things are going to get any easier for Hodson at Ibrox.