Profiling Rangers’ new international defender

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Richard Fillingham
Lee Hodson was born in Borehamwood, England, but is eligible to play for Northern Ireland as he bought an Ulster Fry once, and ate all of it, therefore he qualified at first time of asking. He is a 24-year-old versatile 5’ 8” full back, who played 17 games on loan from MK Dons to Kilmarnock last season in the Scottish Premiership. He is obviously being brought in as defensive cover for our attack minded James Tavernier, who also plays at right back.

For the Northern Irish team, he has played 5 games for the U19’s, 10 games for the U21’s and in 15 games for the full International side, which is a very good total of caps, so far. If he does well at a giant club like Rangers, he will find it easier to get more international games.

Between 2009 and 2012, Lee made 86 appearances for Watford in the English Championship
playing mainly at right-back, but on occasions he did deputise at left-back, when Lloyd Doyley, the regular full back was injured.

On 22 November 2012, Hodson joined English League One team Brentford, on loan until the 8th of January. He did so well during his 7-week loan deal, that Lee was asked to extend his loan period until the end of the 2012–13 season, when he managed to appear in 18 of their matches.

On 20 July 2013, Hodson joined MK Dons from Watford on a free transfer in a one-year deal, for the Northern Ireland full-back. He was only 21 at the time of signing, and he could stay with the Milton Keynes side until 2015, with the club’s option to extend his deal. Manager Karl Robinson was quoted as saying:

“Lee fits into our transfer policy – he’s young and ambitious but has the experience of over 70 Championship starts. He already knows League One from his spell at Brentford last season and I believe he will add great competition for places in our defence.”

After featuring in 51 games for MK Dons, Lee moved on loan to Kilmarnock on the 1st of February 2016, to play in the Scottish Premiership league, until the end of the season. He played at right back and managed to play in 17 games before his contract ended.

Lee was thrilled to be part of the Northern Ireland EURO 2016 squad. Unfortunately, he did not feature in any of the four games played in France, before they were knocked out by Wales, in the last 16 of the tournament.

What a magnificent opportunity for Lee Hodson to wear the red, white and blue of Rangers and to play his home games at the famous Ibrox Stadium, in front of the best fans in the whole world!

15 COMMENTS

  1. Did NI not play a veteran and someone else at right back during the tournament as they lost 3 out of 4 games only beating the worst team in the tournament – who is this guy?

  2. I thought England were the worst team?I trust the magic hat.Id never heard if tavernier and he is class.

  3. do you not want to shout about the 34year old in traing camp who in 2years with a,c milan never played a game and was released from charlton may 2015,without a club since,,keep up the great laugh,,,ha,ha

  4. Yep, good enough for Kilmarnock, good enough for us.

    Is Warbs taking the p*ss……..not a single player signed with any sell on value.

    Celtic have signed a 19 year old, capped by France at every age group.

    In 2 years time they will sell him for £10/12 if he continues to develop by which time most of our 30 something will have retired!

    • We signed a 19 year old who has played for England at every age group, played in Europe and with Liverpool in the epl and is very highly rated

    • We signed a 19 year old who has played for England at every age group, played in Europe and with Liverpool in the epl and is very highly rated

  5. Had you ever heard of tavernier? Ball? Etc in case you've been living on the moon for 5 yrs Rangers are skint and we have to trust

  6. Time will tell the lads played at a decent level. Warbs likes to bring in players he's familiar with cos he knows how to get the best out of them. I'll trust him in any decision he make if he gd enuf for him he'll do for me. Bt I agree that a lot of the players we have brought will have no resale bt I recon the thinking is first year bck at the top get an experienced team together that are not gny crumble way so many tougher games hearts Aberdeen n manky mob etc Jst make sure we give a gd account of ourselves n not to get ran over.

  7. Where is the over investment that King promised us for the first season in SPL? Where is our season ticket money going?

    • Would it make you happier if we paid 5m for Barton and 1m for this Hudson fella???

      King is investing – our wage bill is going to rocket this year so who do you think pays for that???

      Also, who says Hudson has no resale value? If he becomes a mainstay of the team that wins the League he will be worth money (only 24 year old)

    • Most of the investment is behind the scenes with sports science, coaching,data analysist, youth development and scouting network. We've signed quality experienced players for nothing a youngster from Liverpool but I would like to see us spend money on a proven quality striker

  8. For me the measure of our ambitions will be the striker we sign ! If we go for another bosman like Vaughn ,it will put a dampner on all the signings bar Barton ,if we splash on Bradshaw ,watch out septic !

  9. severe lack of patience from you bears. we don't have the money to buy or pay the wages for top players. David King and our other wealthy benefactors don't have the money to buy a top notch team to play in a league that doesn't generate much interest around the world. Until Scottish football changes dramatically if it ever does, the players we are attracting is probably the best we are going to for a long time.

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