Caixinha may need to target Rangers reunion with Jose Abella, after Lee Hodson's Old Firm display

Moussa Dembele of Celtic (R) wins a header over Lee Hodson of Rangers (L) during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in...

Rangers defender Lee Hodson struggled at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers' hopes of closing the gap to Old Firm rivals Celtic took a blow on Saturday afternoon, as the Bhoys claimed a 2-0 victory at Ibrox in their first meeting of the season.

The Gers spent heavily over the summer in a bid to chase down Brendan Rodgers' men, but Saturday's showing suggests there is still much, much more for manager Pedro Caixinha to do.

Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths scored to give Celtic a 2-0 victory, and already open up an eight point gap between the Old Firm rivals, leaving the Gers facing another difficult season.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic (R) wins a header over Lee Hodson of Rangers (L) during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in...

Most fans will give new signings time to play their best football, but one of Mark Warburton's signings came in for huge criticism after a difficult afternoon for Rangers.

Defender Lee Hodson was called in to play at left back, and he was tormented by Patrick Roberts throughout, often finding himself nowhere near the winger in a torrid afternoon.

Fans are calling for 25-year-old Hodson to be offloaded in January, and if that is the case, Caixinha would need another right back to challenge with James Tavernier – and one target sticks out from the crowd.

Enzo Roco (L) of Cruz Azul vies for the ball with Jose Abella (R) of Santos during their 2017 Mexican Apertura football tournament match at the Azul stadium in Mexico City on September 16,...Enzo Roco (L) of Cruz Azul vies for the ball with Jose Abella (R) of Santos Laguna

The Scottish Herald reported over the summer that Caixinha wanted to reunite with Santos Laguna defender Jose Abella, and whilst a deal didn't go through over the summer, he is a very real option for them to consider in January.

A quick and diminutive defender who knows all about Caixinha's methods from their time together at Santos Laguna, Abella would give the Rangers boss a full back he trusts whilst offering an upgrade on Hodson.

Abella, 23, would have fellow Mexicans Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera at Ibrox, easing his transition, and having missed out on a summer deal, Caixinha may now need to reignite his interest in a reunion after Hodson's woeful Old Firm display.

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