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Rangers defender Lee Hodson already prepared for his release

Lee Hodson of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers defender will be out of contract in the summer.

Lee Hodson of Rangers (L) is put under pressure from Scott Sinclair of Celtic (R) during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12,...

Lee Hodson has told the Daily Record he is already turning his mind to this summer when his Rangers contract expires.

Hodson is a certainty to be released after failing to win over Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.

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After returning from injury the Rangers full-back says he is already mentally prepared to assess his future options.

 

He is currently on loan at St Mirren and wants to finish the season strongly.

Hodson said: "Sometimes you get doubts in your head that teams might not look at you because you have been out for a period of time. Hopefully I will get some interest in the summer now I am back fit.

“But right now, my main focus now is getting myself back in the St Mirren team and doing a job here."

Patrick Roberts of Celtic attempts to get past Graham Dorrans of Rangers and Lee Hodson of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox...

Hodson says he is open to returning to St Mirren on a permanent basis.

He added: "I would definitely consider staying here."

Hodson, 27, is a Northern Ireland international and has retained his place in Michael O'Neill's international squads when fit.

The former Watford defender could of course have interest back in England and its up to him to perform strongly between now and the end of the season to give himself more options.

Whatever comes next, his release from Rangers is inevitable, and Hodson is well prepared for this scenario.

Northern Ireland , Ireland - 15 November 2016; Lee Hodson of Northern Ireland during the International Friendly match between Northern Ireland and Croatia at the National Football Stadium...

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