Rangers' new signing Lee Hodson excited to reunite with Warburton, calls him a massive influence

Lee Hodson - Watford

Lee Hodson has hailed Rangers manager Mark Warburton.

Lee Hodson - WatfordLee Hodson at Watford

New Rangers signing Lee Hodson has told the club's official website that manager Mark Warburton has had a 'massive influence' on his career having reunited today.

Rangers had already strengthened their defence this month with the signing of 37-year-old Clint Hill, but Warburton clearly felt he needed more cover at full back.

With no cover behind right back James Tavernier and left back Lee Wallace, a full back who can play on both sides was targeted by Warburton - and he's got his man today.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Rangers announced the signing of defender Lee Hodson earlier today, with the Milton Keynes Dons man penning a three-year contract after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

Hodson, 24, has just returned from France having been in the Northern Ireland squad at the European Championships, and now heads to Ibrox to work with Warburton yet again.

Hodson was brought up through the ranks at Watford when Warburton was the Hornets' academy boss, before they then reunited at Brentford during the 2012-13 season.

Lee Hodson - Northern Ireland in action against Finland

Now, Hodson has spoken to the Rangers official website about his move to Glasgow, and admitted that the chance to work with Warburton yet again was a huge lure for him.

The full back, who predominantly plays on the right hand side, claims that Warburton has had a massive influence on his career, whilst he's also excited to play alongside Rob Kiernan and Harry Forrester at Ibrox too, having played with both at Watford and Brenford too.

Rangers' Harry Forrester reacts

"I’ve known Mark for a very long time," said Hodson. "He signed me at 13 as an academy lad and he watched me go through the ranks and play for Watford’s first team. Mark went to Brentford and I went on loan for a season there and I can only sing his praises. He’s had a massive influence on my career as a youngster and I’m grateful and excited to be here working with him again."

"Rob [Kiernan], Harry [Forrester] and I go back a long way. They were a year older than me in the youth team days [at Watford] but I was lucky enough that they mixed the under-15s and under-16s together so I got to be with them from 13 to 17 or 18. But as you do in football, people go their separate ways. We all ended meeting back up at Brentford, we had a good season there and we were just unfortunate not to get promoted in the play-offs. But they are two great lads," he added.

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