LEE Hodson believes his first season at Ibrox will be similar to his Euro 2016 experience.

The full-back travelled to France with Northern Ireland over the summer and despite not playing he thinks the atmosphere created by the Green and White Army will have prepared him for a packed Ibrox.

At 24-years-old Hodson says his first senior tournament has provided him with the ultimate learning curve.

He said:

“The crowds and atmosphere from the Northern Ireland fans was unbelievable and from what the lads have said so far it is going to be the same at Ibrox.

“31,000 fans was unbelievable so I can’t imagine what it is going to be like in the first game of the season.

“My first game for Kilmarnock was at Ibrox and that was a great experience to be playing against such a big club on my debut, who knew that six months later I would be here.

“Being out at the Euros was fantastic, obviously it was disappointing not to get minutes but just to be there and experience the whole tournament and be involved in such a massive tournament was a huge learning curve.

“Watching the World Champions when we played Germany just to be there was an education for me and it is something I will cherish forever.

“The standard of training when we were away was very high, you are learning from more experienced players in your positon and taking on the advice that the older players give you.

“As a younger player coming through it can only help me and help the other younger ones who were out there.”

Having experienced a European Championship Hodson has now set his sights on a trip to the World Cup with his home nation.

The defender said: “With Michael O’Neil, who has done a great job and with the World Cup qualifiers coming up in September then we can have a good campaign and see where that takes us.

“Hopefully we can experience a World Cup, he is looking forward and the squad left the camp in France looking forward to meeting up again.

“Watching games in person but also back at the hotel watching the other games and analysing world class full-backs, look at what they do, look at their game and see what you need to improve on and try and add little bits that you can into your game.”

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