Warburton is amazed by Rangers signing Hodson

Lee Hodson - Watford

Mark Warburton has signed eight players for Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers this summer.

Lee Hodson - Watford

Quoted by The Daily Mail, Rangers boss Mark Warburton has revealed that he was amazed at how new signing Lee Hodson was not still at a Championship club last season.

Warburton, who knew Hodson from the Watford youth team way back when, made the full-back his eighth signing of what has been a hectic summer last week.

Lee Hodson - Northern Ireland in action against Finland

The 24-year-old joined Rangers from MK Dons, having been shipped up to Scotland for a season-long loan with Kilmarnock last season, and the Gers boss intimates that he is perhaps even good enough for the Premier League.

"I was amazed Lee was not still playing at English Championship level — or even higher," he said via The Mail about the right-back.

"But I saw his impact at Kilmarnock last season. He made his debut against us at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup and acquitted himself very well."

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

Despite Warburton's glowing suggestion about the full-back's talent, Hodson has a big job on his hands to either displace right-back James Tavernier or left-back and captain Lee Wallace, having also played there from time to time.

He follows Jordan Rossiter, Joey Barton, Clint Hill, Niko Kranjcar, Matt Gilks, Josh Windass and Matt Crooks to Ibrox this summer.

There's an excellent blend of youth, experience and everything in between there and Rangers fans will be optimistic that a Premiership title challenge awaits them on their big return to Scotland's top flight.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton (R) and Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch