LEE HODSON is less than two weeks into his Kilmarnock career and the overwhelming feeling thus far is one of confusion.

Not because the club's former manager Gary Locke wanted him but then he was replaced by Lee McCulloch who in turn is likely to stand aside for someone else next week.

Hodson, a 24-year-old Northern Ireland international, knows football has a habit of changing quickly and the fact Locke was gone before the defender set foot in Scotland did not perturb him.

However, a couple of days training with his new team-mate and after a draw at Ibrox, Hodson can't quite believe Kilmarnock are second bottom of the league.

"That first game made me wonder why we’re in this position – in fact, I thought that after my first training session here because the standard was really high," he said. "We have a great squad here and everyone is a really good player, so that made it more of a shock to see where we are in the league table.

“But results don’t always go your way and everyone has that kind of spell – you only have to look at Chelsea to see that. It happens to the best of teams.

“That’s all in the past now, though, and we’re looking to kick on after last Saturday’s result. We were quite tight as a unit but that wasn’t just down to the defence. Everyone pressed, from the front men down and that just shows how much belief there is in this squad.

“We train hard and, if we can take that into games, we’ll get some positive results. Motherwell is a massive game for us and we need to get a result – a win will lift us out of the play-off position and set us up nicely for the replay against Rangers.

“I’m very confident that our performances can keep getting better and better.”

As Hodson said, if Kilmarnock beat Motherwell they will drag themselves from the play-off place, which would be something, and Hodson insisted the fact that a new manager has yet to be appointed should have no affect at all.

"When you look at the performance at Ibrox, I don’t think you can say that the uncertainty surrounding the manager affected anyone," said the former MK Dons player.

“The players are just concentrating on the games and Lee is the gaffer at the moment. We can’t control what’s going on above us – our job is to perform on the pitch.

“In my case, one manager arranged the loan, another gave me my debut and there could be a third by next week but that’s football.

“Managers come and go in football but the most important thing for us is to take that performance against Rangers into the game against Motherwell.

“The fact that we were the first team this season to stop Rangers from scoring shows that we have a good bunch of lads. We’ll go to Motherwell full of confidence.”