Former Rangers and St Mirren defender Lee Hodson has been speaking about the reasons behind his move to Gillingham and insists the standard of football in League One is just as good as the Scottish Premier League as reported by Kent Live.
The Glasgow giants released the twenty-seven-year-old right-back at the end of last season after three years at Ibrox in which he made just twenty-seven outings in the famous royal blue jersey.
The former Watford and Brentford player spent last season on loan at St Mirren and also enjoyed a loan spell at Kilmarnock before signing for Rangers.
The Northern Ireland international made a total of fifty-one league appearances in Scotland but felt that moving to League One was not a step down in standard from the Scottish Premier League and was looking forward to playing against big League One clubs such as Sunderland and Portsmouth.
‘Rangers is a massive club, and I was playing in front of 50,000 fans at home games, but the standard in League One is just as good as the Scottish Premier League,’ he said.
‘There are massive clubs in League One nowadays, the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth and teams like that, they have been in the Premier League, there are massive games, Bolton as well and that is what you want as a footballer, you want to be playing at these stadiums, going there and getting three points and being competitive,’ he added.
The article was picked up by several papers north of the border, and not surprisingly his comments sparked a reaction amongst Scottish fans and in particular from supporters of Hodson’s former clubs with many coming to the sarcastic conclusion that if their former player was correct, he might struggle in English football’s third tier.
Pundit Chris Sutton also disparagingly commented on the remarks.
Here is a selection of their responses to the interview on twitter
A guy who couldn’t get a regular game for St Mirren talking about standards… https://t.co/hIDhfKnqDz
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) July 9, 2019
He's going to find it very difficult then isnt he?
— Kamaradona (@FredMorelos1) July 9, 2019
Didnt exactly do much at St Mirren, another one blaming his own shortcomings on the standard of the game here, he can enjoy obscurity in English football now
— Del Sommerville (@Del1589) July 9, 2019
He should probably think about dropping to league two and see how he goes.
— Anton (@MotherwellFC181) July 9, 2019
This his way of saying he's not cut out for his new team either?
— Diddy cent (@weordie) July 9, 2019
It cannae be if he’s getting s game ?
— Graeme cherry (@cherrg67) July 9, 2019
Prob not if he can get gametime in League One 🤔…
— Gareth McKibbin (@gmckib) July 9, 2019
Lee should stick to subbuteo
— DEREK (@DEREK37052985) July 9, 2019
How many players done well in England and failed in Scotland, Joey Barton, Teemu Pukki etc etc, the list goes on, mans just bitter because he couldn’t cut it
— Celtic Transfer Talk (@CelticTTalk) July 9, 2019