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Hodson: Striking change was all down to Warbs

By Ronnie Esplin

Lee Hodson has revealed that Mark Warburton turned him into a full-back from a striker. Up until under-16 level Northern Ireland international Hodson was a forward but as a youngster at Watford his now manager switched him to right-back for an academy game and he's stayed in defence ever since.

Warburton has now brought his former youth protege north and he turned back the years to net an important goal against Aberdeen in December - a month in which his Gers career flourished.

The 25-year-old said: "Back in the day when I first signed at Watford as a youngster I was a centre-forward and the gaffer, when I was an under 16, put me in at right-back for a game and ever since then I have played as a full-back. He is the one who made me into a defender.

"My finishing is probably not as good as what it used to be but when I got into that area of the box I thought there is one thing I need to do here and that is hit it as hard as I can and hope for the best. Lucky enough it hit the back of the net.

"It doesn't happen too often but when it does I enjoy it and it was a great feeling. I scored my first goal at Ibrox and there is no better place to score it.

"I enjoyed the spell when I was playing and when I got given that chance again I just needed to keep playing to the best that I can and try to stay in the team.

"We have two good right-backs here, Tav (James Tavernier) proved how good he was last year and at the start of the season too so I knew it was never going to be easy to come here and get in the team straight away.

"I knew it would be a challenge for me here but that is what you want in your career, you don't want to be in a team and have no one fighting for your spot because players do get complacent."

Meanwhile, Rangers - who go to Motherwell on Saturday - are in advanced talks to sign West Ham defender Reece Oxford on loan until the end of the season.

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