LEE Hodson says it is now up to Mark Warburton to decide whether he warrants a starting spot for the Gers moving forward.

The full-back was handed his Old Firm bow in Sunday’s League Cup semi-final as Rangers started with both himself and James Tavernier down the right.

Hodson was part of a defence that kept Celtic out until they cruely conceded three minutes from time.

The 25-year-old said: “It was a great experience to play in my first Old Firm game but I would have liked to have been on the other end of it and going through to the final.

“I think I did okay, that’s what I thought personally, but it’s up to the manager to decide whether I play again this week.

“I had to look at this like just another game when I found out I was starting, if you read too much into it things can go personally wrong. I had to concentrate, look at it like another game and try to win.

“I thought we were quite solid down the right, we stopped Tierney getting forward as much as he usually does with Tav keeping him back.

“It was one of those games where we were defending quite a lot but we caught them on the counter attack and created a lot of chances but we didn’t get the quality in the final third to finish it.”

Despite the defeat to Celtic the Northern Irishman thinks there are plenty of positives to take into the Gers double header at Ibrox in the Premiership.

Hodson continued: “I think the team has progressed a lot since the last game against Celtic, the margin has got smaller now and we have shown what we are about in this game.

“We put up a fight and we fought until the end, we were unlucky that they scored in the 87th minute and it’s disappointing but we have to get our heads up because we have an important week ahead.

“But we have to take the positives out of the game and we have a big week ahead of us with St Johnstone on Wednesday night and then Kilmarnock on Saturday. We have to concentrate on those two games and try to get six points.

“There are a lot of positives from that game today though and we need to take them into Wednesday night.”

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