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Hodson: Ibrox move is "icing on the cake" after Euro 2016 experience

New signing Lee Hodson speaks about his joy at moving to Ibrox after being in France with Northern Ireland

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After his move north from MK Dons, Northern Irishman Lee Hodson described signing for Rangers as the "icing on the cake" after putting pen to paper on a three-year deal. Despite not getting any game time in France Hodson is excited to build on his Euros experience as Rangers look to title for the SPFL Premiership in their first season back in the top division.

Speaking to Rangers official website he said: "It was a great experience being at the Euros and this is just the icing on the case now to come back and sign for Rangers.

"As a kid you always wish to go to a major tournament or be part of it.

"Obviously I would like to have got some minutes and a bit of game time out there, but as I’ve said the experience of being out there, experiencing the whole tournament, it was a massive learning curve for me.

"I’m always learning, I’m still quite young and it was one of those moments where you pinch yourself and think ‘I’m at a major tournament’."

He added: "It’s amazing, an opportunity to come to such a massive club is a dream come true.

"From the day I heard that there was an opportunity to come here my mind was made up and I couldn’t be more excited at the moment.

"I cant wait to get started and meet all the lads.

"When I found out, I can’t really explain, it was one of those surreal moments where you are like "Wow, Rangers are possibly interested in me".

"When I got the phone call to say to come up and get things sorted it was a proud moment for me and my family.

"I know a few of the lads here already and they’ve told me what a big club it is, it has a great fanbase and stuff like that.

"So that sold it to me and I was just excited to get up here and get started.

"When I went through the gates [at Auchenhowie] I knew it was starting to become real and that the dream was starting to get closer and closer.

"Now I’m here the facilities are fantastic, I’ve never been to a training ground like it."

With Northern Ireland surprising many by qualifying from their group before before being knocked out by Wales, Hodson admitted the move to Ibrox happened very fast saying: “It’s happened quickly.

“I only flew back to London yesterday (Tuesday) from Belfast and I was on another flight back up to Scotland last night. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for the last couple of weeks and it’s finally here. I’m delighted to be here.”