Jimmy Nicholl claims Lee Hodson is a really impressive signing for former club Rangers

Lee Hodson - Watford

Rangers have brought defender Lee Hodson to Ibrox.

Lee Hodson - WatfordLee Hodson during his time at Watford

Former Rangers star Jimmy Nicholl has told The Scottish Sun that new Gers signing Lee Hodson is 'really impressive' having worked with him at international level.

Having already landed Clint Hill, Matt Crooks, Joey Barton, Jordan Rossiter, Josh Windass and Niko Kranjcar, manager Mark Warburton moved to make his seventh summer addition in Hodson.

Lee Hodson - Northern Ireland in action against Finland

Hodson, 24, has penned a three-year deal at Ibrox, with the Gers striking a deal to sign the Milton Keynes Dons defender last week, handing the defender a reunion with manager Warburton.

Warburton and Hodson worked together at both Watford and Brentford, and will now reunite at Ibrox in a vital signing for Rangers, given that Warburton desperately needed cover for right back James Tavernier and left back Lee Wallace ahead of the new season.

Tranmere's Andy Robinson in action against Brentford's Lee Hodson

Hodson travelled to the European Championships with the Northern Ireland national team this summer, and despite not appearing in France, he appears to have made a huge impression on assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl.

Nicholl, 60, assisted boss Michael O'Neill in France, and is particularly well placed to talk about Hodson's move having previously played for Rangers.

A former defender, Nicholl played more than 70 games for Rangers across two spells with the club, and now has a message for Gers fans about new signing Hodson.

Milton Keynes Dons' Lee Hodson (L) in action with Southampton's Jay Rodriguez

Nicholl has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Hodson is 'really impressive', as he can defend well, can distribute the ball effectively and even flourished when playing at left back, despite predominantly being a right back.

Nicholl suggested that Kilmarnock's fortunes turned around when Hodson joined the club last season, and liked what he saw from the player when he saw him for the first time in his job with Northern Ireland.

"What a move for the lad," said Nicholl. "The first time I saw him with Northern Ireland I really liked him. He has a great attitude. He went to Kilmarnock last season and I saw a lot of him then. Kilmarnock’s change in fortunes at the end of the season had a lot to do with him."

"He sorted out wingers at right-back, his distribution was good and he even enjoyed defending from left-back. Really impressive. Lee is a quiet lad but quietly effective and doesn’t shy away from responsibility. If you’re a player going into a struggling Kilmarnock side and make the difference then you must have something about you. The way he goes about his job is great, he’s very reliable and Mark Warburton will know that better than the rest of us," he added.

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