Potential Rangers signing Lee Hodson is a big fan of Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

Lee Hodson - Watford

Expected Rangers signing Lee Hodson is indebted to Brendan Rodgers.

Lee Hodson - Northern Ireland in action against FinlandLee Hodson - Northern Ireland in action against Finland

Rangers are closing in on the signing of defender Lee Hodson, the Daily Record report.

The Northern Ireland defender is known to Gers boss Mark Warburton who worked with him at Watford's academy, but it could actually be Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers who made more of an impact.

Rodgers was the manager at the time and handed Hodson his debut as a teenager.

Lee Hodson - WatfordLee Hodson - Watford

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Hodson spoke highly of Rodgers' playing style and one to one managerial style, believing he set him on the path to success.

He said: "Brendan Rodgers was a good manager and he gave me my debut in the final game of last season,” explained Hodson.

“He was good for me, he knew what he wanted to do and straight away he got us playing football the way he wanted, getting the ball down and passing it.

“He was a good coach one-on-one and I could go to him with anything that I wanted to try to do better and he was always there. He’s a person you can go up to and talk to about anything. He’s open and anything I asked he would help me with.”

Brendan Rodgers as Watford ManagerBrendan Rodgers as Watford Manager

Rodgers left Watford for Reading before being sacked and taking on the Swansea City job, where he helped them win promotion and kept the team in the top flight, earning the Liverpool job.

He almost won the title with the Reds before being dismissed last season, and now has the challenge of helping Celtic win the Scottish Premiership once again.

If Hodson, now at MK Dons, signs for Rangers he will not be the only one of his former proteges he comes up against, with Rob Kiernan also part of his Watford squad, and new addition Jordan Rossiter being a player he handed his debut to at Liverpool last season.

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